Kirstie Alley Opens About 'Shunning' Ex-Scientologist Leah Remini

Leah ReminiLeah Remini made quite the stink of it when she very publicly left the Church of Scientology, claiming that other members shunned her for her departure. Another famous Scientologist, Kirstie Alley, even infamously called her a bigot after her departure, although she's now saying she never shunned her, and it's all "water under the bridge."

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Well OK, then. The Veronica's Closet star, 64, was on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show on Monday, January 12, when she explained a little bit about practicing Scientology. She defended her beliefs from the likes of Remini (and the general public), who might be so bold as to question why a religion would shun a person for publicly denouncing it.

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First off, Alley bragged about having reached OT-7 in the religion, which she has been involved with since the 1970s. "It's an awareness level ... an achievement," she explained. "It means that you have gotten rid of all the things that would create aberrated behavior in you that you didn't want."

Us Weekly explains, "For Scientologists, aberration is a form of insanity that arises from painful hidden memories."

"I think that people need to always -- no matter what path they choose -- the goal I hope would be to become more and more aware," she continued, "and less insane."

Well that's a nice thought ... who doesn't want to become "less insane"?

Anyway, Stern being Stern, he asked her if she really was a member of the Church of Scientology, or just a celebrity spokesperson. "I'm not some f--king fake OT-7!" Alley responded.

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They also talked about Alley's outspoken criticism of Leah Remini after the King of Queensstar left the church in late 2013. At the time, Alley called her a "bigot" for criticizing the church, while maintaining that she didn't have any problem with what anyone else believed. "The thing about me is, I don't care what religion you are. If someone is attacking your religion, I will have your back, and I will defend you. I think that is the most repulsive thing a person can do, attack another person's faith," she said.

You know, unless you speak out against Scientology, then apparently all bets are off. But whatevs. Leah said that once she had left the church, she was shunned by her friends, a practice often associated with former members.

When asked about the whole thing by Stern on Monday, Alley said, "She left the religion and she was very critical ... That's just sort of water under the bridge. There's nothing going on and there was nothing going on for years. I didn't shun her, but if a lot of people are rejecting you, at some point you gotta ask, 'What am I doing?' I mean, that's what I would have asked myself."

Ironically, I think that's probably exactly what Remini did -- only her own path of self-discovery led her out of the religion.

Do you think Leah attacked Kirstie's faith by publicly speaking out against Scientology?

 

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