Tom Cruise's Former Publicist Talks Scientology & How It Led to Her Firing

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You know how sometimes you just can't help but waste an entire day wondering how, when and where, exactly, Tom Cruise's career went off the rails? (Not to mention why.) Which is not to say that it's gone entirely off the rails, of course, simply that at some point Tom Cruise was TOM CRUISE and now he's Tom Cruise.

Anyway, you know how sometimes you wonder about that? You can stop pondering that eternal question now, because we have the answer: It happened, apparently, when Cruise fired his longtime publicist, legendary Hollywood hotshot Pat Kingsley

Kingsley, who retired from show biz in 2009, is finally spilling the beans on what caused her split from Cruise in 2004. Can you guess what the main reason was behind their parting of ways? I'll give you a hint ... it starts with an "S" ...


Yup. According to Kingsley, Scientology allegedly became a bit of an issue, shall we say, in her relationship with Cruise. 

"I did have that conversation with Tom, about cooling it," she said. She told Cruise: "'Scientology is fine. You want to do a tour for Scientology? Do a tour for Scientology. But Warner Bros. is sponsoring this tour.' That was for [2003's] The Last Samurai. He didn't say yes or no, except he did not discuss Scientology on that European tour."

To be fair, Kingsley doesn't blame the split entirely on Scientology (also to be fair, who the hell would be fool enough to do that, publicly?!). She explained:

"I'd had so much control over everything ... I think he wanted to be more personally involved in all those decisions. He felt, 'Look, it's been 14 years. I think it's time I tried something different.' And I certainly had no quarrel with that. It was his life, his career. It was not working. I was not having the rapport. I felt a kind of pulling back, and I knew it was going to happen."

Well, okay. People grow apart. When it's time to change, you've got to rearrange (a wise Brady once sang). But still. The mound of evidence for Scientology's less-than-great influence over Cruise's career and personal life just keeps growing.

Do you think Scientology has hurt Tom Cruise's career?


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