Tom Cruise, perhaps the most famous Scientologist in the world, reportedly pressured actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini to get a segment on Scientology pulled from airing on CBS.
Cruise urged Remini to call CBS head Leslie Moonves and convince him to pull a ’60 minutes’ piece about the purported church, using her sway as one of the network’s stars on the series ‘King of Queens,’ according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I got a call from the church and Tom to call Les Moonves and use my influence to squash the story,” she told the Reporter, adding that Tom Cruise is sacred to the church.
The phone call did not yield the desired result as Moonves told Remini in no uncertain terms that he would “absolutely not engage in this conversation.”
Moonves also confirmed that multiple people from the church had called before the ‘King of Queens’ star to try to get the segment pulled.
The actress says that Church leaders were not happy that she did not get the job done. “I’m just a f—ing actress on television and I can’t demand my boss take the f-ing report off the air,” she said.
Remini, who is now out of the church, is debuting her eight part series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” on Wednesday on A&E. The network has already received multiple threatening letters from the Church of Scientology, in which the actress and show’s host is described as a “has been actress” and “spoiled entitled diva.”
For her part, Remini has responded through her lawyers sending a letter to the church demanding that it retract the letters and pay her $1.5 million in compensation.
The Church of Scientology is infamous for its litigiousness and aggression to those of its members who decide to part ways with the church. That they are not happy with the series is not a surprise. The ‘King of Queens’ star documented her escape from the grasp of the church in a 2015 best seller named ‘Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.”