Leah Remini writing a Scientology tell-all called ‘Troublemaker’

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Famous Ex-Scientologist Publishing “Confessional” Tell-All Memoir.

Actress Leah Remini’s memoir about scientology, titled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, will be released this fall, Random House announced Thursday.

Leah Remini, the actress who famously quit Scientology, is writing a memoir about her experiences in and out of the church, Random House imprint Ballantine Books announced Thursday.Remini’s book will expose the never-before-told details about her fallout from the once-powerful Hollywood church and the reasons behind her very public split with the institution. But no author perhaps quite as high-profile as ex-Scientologist Leah Remini, who reigned supreme for years as a sitcom wife on the long-running CBS show King of Queens. Remini left the church of Scientology in 2013 and now, according to her publisher, the actress is coming out with a “bold, brash, and bravely confessional” tell-all.

Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target, which led to her — and her family’s — break from the church. Perez Hilton is reporting that Remini is fully ready to dish the dirt on her one-time religion, and has now chosen to have her daughter baptized in the Catholic faith.

But over time, my eyes opened and I could no longer be affiliated with the organization.” DeGeneres then asked if leaving the organization was as difficult as some have reported. “I hear it’s different from leaving another religion. Remini said she was fine but that her longtime friends in the church no longer talk to her, confirming the rumor that ex-Scientologists are cut off from friends and family when they leave the church. Remini told BuzzFeed in 2014, “I don’t want to be known as this bitter ex-Scientologist.” At the time, the church declined to comment on her departure, saying in a statement that it “respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member.” But other well-known Scientologists were more forthright. Those comments prompted Remini’s former friend and current Scientologist, Kirstie Alley, to call her a “bigot” on Howard Stern’s show in 2013.

Scientology has come under increased scrutiny over the last couple of years because of Lawrence Wright’s best-selling book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (exclusively excerpted in THR) and the related documentary directed by Alex Gibney. The documentary shone a light on the abuses and criminal allegations against the church and its current leader, David Miscavage. “Thank you to the brave who did something about it,” Remini tweeted in March, praising the team behind Gibney’s Going Clear doc. “And to those who didn’t have a voice, you do now.” The Hollywood Reporter says that Remini was represented by APA on the book deal, and that executive editor Pamela Cannon acquired the book for Ballantine. And what her memoir will do is put an even more familiar face on the story that’s already been told by the likes of Jenna Miscavige Hill, Paul Haggis, Alex Gibney, and Lawrence Wright. For example, Going Clear, the popular HBO documentary that aired earlier this year, alleged a number of disturbing details about the organization but left out Remini, Katie Holmes, and a number of other high-profile Scientology stories.

Remini is a well-connected Hollywood player (Jennifer Lopez is her best friend) who can likely share some insights into Scientology’s Hollywood connections.

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