After announcing her decision to leave the Church of Scientology last week, Hollywood pals – including two of her former co-stars – are speaking out in support of Leah Remini.
“I am always here for her,” says Leah’s former The Talk co-host Holly Robinson Peete. “She is doing really great with not being involved in Scientology anymore.” While Leah was on The Talk, she occasionally discussed Scientology or fielded questions from curious guests.
Although the religion has a tight-knit community of Hollywood A-listers, longtime pals and former castmates are standing behind Leah's decision. Her King of Queens co-star Kevin James tells In Touch, “If [leaving Scientology] makes her happy, I’m very excited about that.”
However, not all of Leah's celebrity pals are sticking by her. In Touch reported earlier this week that Kirstie Alley, also a longtime Scientologist, had cut ties with Leah and was angry with her for leaving the religion. Once news broke about Leah's break from Scientology, Kirstie posted several tweets that sounded like they were directed at Leah, including "The sweetest poison is often served with a smile."
Despite the blowback, pals insist Leah is at peace with her decision: “Leah would rather lose her career than be a phony,” a friend confides to In Touch. “She seems like a genuinely happier person now!”
There's also one very important person publicly defending Leah: her sister Nicole. Nicole, who left Scientology years ago and maintained a close relationship with her sister, gave an interview to Minneapolis radio station myTalk 107.1 yesterday where she stood up for Leah and her decision.