Scientology has heavily relied on celebrities to be the face of the organization over the years. John Travolta and Tom Cruise are some of the most famous members. However, this celebrity base makes it so celebrity members are often the ones to defend Scientology when it is accused of abuse against its members, or when it’s examined for having policies that isolate members from the outside world.
Over the years there have been celebrities who left the organization and later spoke negatively about it. Then there are some celebrities who were never members, but clashed with Scientologists over their beliefs. This has led to some messy celebrity feuds. So which celebrities don’t get along? Here are the 10 of the biggest celebrity feuds over Scientology.
1. Leah Remini and Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley appeared on Dancing with the Stars in Season 12 and 15, so you would think she would have a close relationship with the cast. However, she cut ties with the cast after the show had Leah Remini on. Remini wrote a book about her time as a Scientologist and why she left. This is a big deal to someone who is still in the organization, like Alley.
So how do we know Alley cut off her relationship with the cast? Her dance partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy openly talked about it! “She stopped getting along with me,” he revealed on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. “We had a great relationship. But I got a message now that I am associating with other people that she can’t be associated with, I am no longer to be spoken with, and sorry, but it is what it is.”
Alley also made her opinions on Remini known in an interview with Howard Stern. “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. She also called Remini a “bigot.”