Leah Remini reveals the 'hard repercussions' of leaving Scientology in new season of her TLC reality series
By SHYAM DODGE FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 21:54 GMT, 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:38 GMT, 16 July 2015
Leah Remini left the Church Of Scientology two years ago.
While one of the most vocal and high profile apostates to renounce the organization, Leah, 45, claims she is still feeling the 'hard repercussions' of leaving the religion she was raised in.
In a preview clip for the season premiere of her TLC show Leah Remini: It's All Relative, the actress opens up about her experience of leaving the church.
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Recalling the past: In a preview clip for the season premiere of her TLC show Leah Remini: It's All Relative, the actress opens up about her experience of leaving the church
'When you leave, you can leave quietly,' Leah said in the teaser. 'But If you make a stink in the public world, they call you a Suppressive Person, which means the church has put a stamp on you that says you are bad.
'They then go to all your family and friends and say you have to disconnect from this Suppressive Person.'
Leah went on to describe why she felt the need to leave the religion her own mother had raised her in.
'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. It becomes your mother, your father, your everything. You are dependent on the church.'
Leah Remini details nanny Trish's battle with breast cancer
'Hard repercussions': 'When you leave, you can leave quietly,' Leah said in the teaser. 'But If you make a stink in the public world, they call you a Suppressive Person'
Leah also claims in the short video that those raised in the church don't 'have loyalty' to their own family members as the church itself 'comes first.'
The Church Of Scientology gave the following statement to DailyMail.com: 'It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former religion as a publicity stunt in a pathetic attempt to get ratings for her cable show and seem relevant again.'
'She is rewriting history and omits 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 and her husband’s ethical lapses.'
Tough decisions: Leah also claims in the short video that those raised in the church don't 'have loyalty' to their own family members as the church itself 'comes first'
United front: In the series Leah and her family unite to help nanny Trish in her battle with breast cancer
The TLC show premieres on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET. Over 14 episodes it chronicles Leah and her famly, husband Angelo, their 10 year-old daughter Sofia, mother Vicki and stepfather George, and sister Shannon as they adjust to a new life.
In addition, the family unites to help nanny Trish in her battle with breast cancer.
As DailyMail.com previously reported the actress talked about life after the church in a new interview on Oprah Winfrey's Where Are They Now.
'My mother was in Scientology my whole life. Most people don't know that we were raised in it,' The King Of Queens actress explained. 'I didn't decide to get into it - I was brought into it by my mom.'
'I don't think people know the amount of dedication it takes to be in this organization,' she added. 'I mean it was every day, three-and-a-half hours minimum, seven days a week usually.
Coming soon: The TLC show premieres on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET
'You know, I'm working most of my time, and then the other time was spent at the church, so minimal time is really spent with your family.'
But the former Dancing With The Stars contestant admits the church was instrumental in forming her as a person: 'Our decision to leave the organization - it's not just something you get over.
'It's people and a lifestyle you've known all your life. It formed who I am, good and bad. It formed the way I think, good and bad. And so there's a lot of pain connected to it, there's a lot of healing.'
In the same interview with Oprah she recalled the moment she decided to leave Scientology, while reading a text venerated by the church.
'I was at one of these hotels in Florida, and I saw my daughter swimming for the first time while I'm reading this thing,' Leah said. 'And a tear came down my face. And I was like, "What am I doing?"'
The television star said she realized she was teaching her daughter what her mother had taught her - that Scientology was 'more important' than family.
'It was a culmination of things but that was a big one in my mind,' she added.
'When you are raised in something, and you are taught to think a certain way, a lot of times you grow up thinking, "That's the way I think,"' Leah continued.
'I'm learning there's a new world out here, and there shouldn't be any kind of judgment toward somebody who has a belief system that is not yours.'
A spokesperson for the Church Of Scientology gave DailyMail.com the following statement regarding Leah's appearance on Where Are They Now in May: 'Given Leah Remini's insatiable desire for attention, it comes as no surprise that for two years she has been incapable of moving on with her life and remains obsessed with shamelessly exploiting her former religion in a pathetic attempt to get publicity.'
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