Kirstie Alley hasn’t taken kindly to fellow Dancing With The Stars alum and former co-star Leah Remini’s recent comments about Scientology. During a December 4 interview, Kirstie told radio host Howard Stern that the King of Queens star is a “bigot” for what she’s said about the controversial ideology.
Leah left the Church of Scientology back in July after spending more than three decades as one of its leading advocates in Hollywood. Since the summer, Leah’s shared several horror stories of her time as a practicing member including how she’s “lost friends” who won’t talk to her since she left the organization and how the church wanted her to fail during her time on Dancing With the Stars.
Kirstie, who credits Scientology as helping her stop using cocaine, told Howard Stern on December 4 that what Leah’s had to say is “bull—t.”
“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,” the 62-year-old actress explained. “I think that is the most repulsive thing a person can do is attack another person’s faith because a faith is what you look to to have hope, and is what you look to to help other people. I just think it’s really wrong.”
Kirstie continued that she has “hundreds of friends and people that I know that have come into Scientology and left Scientology” so Leah’s claims that you cannot leave the faith simply aren’t true. “You’re not shunned,” Kirstie adds. “You’re not chased. All that’s just bull—t.”
Beside blasting Leah’s comments on the radio, Kirstie has taken additional steps to remove her former Cheers co-star from her life. “I have blocked her on Twitter because she’s a bigot,” she said. Would you have friends who said negative things about your religion, Kirstie asks as way of explanation. “They wouldn’t be mine,” she concludes. “It’s not selective; I just won’t have people in my life that are that.”
As for what Leah has to say about the interview, she tells TMZ, “I just wish the best for people.”
What do you make of all this? Think Kirstie has a point or was it really none of her business? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Sources: The Howard Stern Show, TMZ