Leah Remini on Growing Up in Scientology: ‘Your Ego Becomes Extremely Inflated’

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‘Your ego becomes extremely inflated’: Leah Remini opens up about what it was like growing up at as a child in Scientology.

Firsthand experience. The “King of Queens” star sat down with ABC to promote her new tell-all memoir “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” which hits bookstores Nov. 3.In a new clip of Leah Remini’s upcoming 20/20 interview about her break from Scientology after more than three decades, the actress opens up about the church’s purported views on kids – and how she believes that philosophy affects children. “Because Scientologists view children as spiritual beings, you’re not treated as a kid,” she said in a clip that first aired on Good Morning America Thursday. “So you’re given a lot of responsibility.

wants the world to see the truth behind the Church of Scientology—not just for her sake, but for the sake of children who are currently involved in it.Leah Remini is continuing to push back against Scientology, the controversial religion that had previously counted her among its members since her childhood.CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On Tuesday, November 17th, members of the Clearwater Business community are invited to attend a reception at the newly opened Scientology Public Information Center located at 500 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. Your ego becomes extremely inflated.” “I decided I didn’t want to raise my daughter in the church because from what I’ve experienced and what I saw, the church becomes your everything,” she said earlier this year on her reality show, Leah Remini: It’s All Relative.

The event will be held in the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Fort Harrison and provide networking opportunities and an educational program to benefit non-profits. More from the interview will be released on Friday’s “Good Morning America.” The Remini tell-all conversation airs in its entirety tomorrow night on “20/20.” The former King of Queens actress explained that learning the techniques was a big deal because it was understood their ultimate goal was “[to save] the planet.” “The decision to leave is your giving up everything you have ever known and everything you have worked for your whole life,” she says. “I feel that people need to understand this has been my whole life. I want people to understand how it happens.” Church International Spokesperson Karin Pouw told PEOPLE in a statement earlier this week that Remini’s claims are an effort to drum up attention for herself. “It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt by rewriting her history with it,” Pouw said, “including omitting that she was participating in a program to remain a Scientologist by her own choice, as she was on the verge of being expelled for her ethical lapses.” See the snippet below, and watch the full interview — which also includes the previously released clips of Remini discussing the connection between Scientology and Tom Cruise — when it airs Friday at 10 p.m.

According to Ballantine Books, the memoir will be a “moving and eye-opening account” of Remini’s 30 years within the church. “Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family.” Previous speakers have included Neil Brickfield, Executive Director of Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League, Michelle Turman, Principal Consultant at Catalyst Consulting Agency and Emily Benham, CEO of Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay. “Scientology Founder L. I didn’t think that would be healthy for her.’ The church also demands a minimum of three and a half hours commitment every day, seven days a week, she says.

Following the reception, guests will proceed to the six adjacent humanitarian program centers, each dedicated to addressing specific social ills in the society, including: drug abuse, human rights violations, mental health advocacy and criminal rehabilitation which are open to the public. Since its opening on July 11, 2015, the centers have welcomed more than 16,000 guests from all walks of life; human rights organizations, drug education associations, hospitality professionals, chefs, restaurateurs and local social groups.

The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 nations. If you are interested in attending this reception and bringing guests, please contact Amber Skjelset (Manager) at 727-467-6966 or e-mail her at amber@cos.flag.org. Scientology’s ruthless indoctrination, she claims. includes blackmail and abuse as well as control over other celebrities like Tom Cruise and Kirstie Alley. When Remini finally walked away, she was branded a ‘suppressive person’ in church terminology and willingly faced Scientology’s attempt to destroy her life.

Actress Kirstie, a Scientologist since 1979, bizarrely called Remini ‘repulsive’ and ‘a bigot’, going after her in an interview on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show. Afterward, back in the States, Remini says she was was subjected to what is called ‘Security Checking’, months of interrogations and behavior modification at Scientology’s Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida.

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