Leah Remini’s work to discredit the Church of Scientology has always been about helping others who are still suffering within the church, like she was before she left in 2013.
And now that her show, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is nominated for an Emmy — Remini’s first nomination — she’s giving the credit to the people who came forward to share their stories and help her in the fight.
“I don’t look at this as something I should acknowledge myself for. My subjects deserve it. They were brave enough to come on Aftermath knowing there were repercussions for their actions,” Remini told Entertainment Weekly. “This is why I created the show. The reason people come on our series is for no other reason but to tell their stories of how destructive cults like Scientology are.”
Remini dedicated her nomination to those subjects after it was announced that she was up for an Emmy for her work on the A&E docuseries.
Remini also thanked the former church officials who appeared on the show.
“I’m honored that I’m able to be a conduit for these brave people and to tell their stories,” she said. “Hollywood has embraced the contributors and the content of the show for what it is. [People] are not falling for what Scientology is selling anymore.”
Scientology and the Aftermath is just Remini’s latest project working toward discrediting the church. Her memoir also reveals secrets that aren’t flattering to the organization. Meanwhile, the church has an entire website dedicated to “expos[ing] the fraud behind Leah Remini’s bigoted, hate-filled program.”
The show was renewed for a second season, which is set to start airing later this summer.
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