Whoa! Leah Remini is spilling the tea ahead of her new docuseries ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ including how Tom Cruise made her call the president of CBS to get a negative story about the church killed from ’60 Minutes.’ Keep reading for details on the dramatic showdown!
Actress Leah Remini, 45, has been a woman on a mission ever since leaving the Church of Scientology in 2013, and she’s dishing the dirt ahead of her eye-opening A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. The former King of Queens star says that Tom Cruise, 54, personally called her and put pressure on her to phone up her then-boss, CBS president Les Moonves to get him to pull a negative story about the church from their award-winning news magazine 60 Minutes. But Les wasn’t having any part of Tom’s bullying ways!
“I got pressure to call Les Moonves at CBS to try and get a 60 Minutes report squashed. I got a call from the church and Tom to call Les Moonves and use my influence to squash the story,” Leah revealed to The Hollywood Reporter Nov. 29 ahead of her show’s premiere. And being the good scientologist that she was at the time, she did as she was told by the church’s most powerful celebrity.
“Yep. So I called Les Moonves, even though I was really uncomfortable with it. And he said, ‘Listen — you’re not the only one who has called me about this and I have no right to interject my opinion of what I like or don’t like with the news organization of CBS and I will absolutely not engage this conversation. I’ll tell you or anyone else who calls me.’ He said, ‘I don’t give a sh*t if it’s you, if it’s Tom Cruise, if it’s Jenna Elfman, you’re all going to get the same story from me.’ And I said, ‘OK.’ And then I called them back and said, ‘Hey, I tried.”
As for the response she got from Tom and the Scientology bigwigs, they were less than pleased that she couldn’t accomplish the mission. “They just weren’t happy that I couldn’t squash the story. I said, ‘I’m just a f***ing actress on television and I can’t demand that my boss take a f***ng report off the air.” Needless to say, the segment aired as scheduled.
HollywoodLifers, are you going to be watching Leah’s new docuseries about the aftermath of Scientology?