Actress Leah Remini is the latest celebrity to leave the controversial Church of Scientology. The former King of Queens star, 43, confirmed the news through her rep. Rumors began to swirl last week that Leah, who had been one of Scientology's most vocal public defenders, was unhappy with the way the church was being run. Leah's rep confirmed to In Touch that the actress was no longer a member of the church. "I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and fans from around the world. I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support," she told In Touch.
Leah isn't the only star who quit Scientology publicly. Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis left the church because of its anti-gay policies and went on to make The Master, a movie that many believed was based on the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. There are also plenty of celebs who are still members of the church, including Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and Jenna Elfman. When Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise split up last year, their differing opinions on Scientology were cited as one of the reasons for the divorce.
Although Leah is no longer a Scientologist, her connection with the religion often brought her controversy in the past. She was one of the first people to see Tom and Katie's daughter Suri Cruise after she was born. Her friendship with Jennifer Lopez brought rumors that Leah wanted her friend to convert to Scientology, but Leah dismissed the claims. "Two girls can't hang out together? What does that have to do with religion? I just don't understand it," she said.
Brooklyn-born Leah now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Angelo Pagan and their nine-year-old daughter Stella.