Actress Leah Remini has announced that she's leaving the Church of Scientology.
Last week, rumors circulated that the actress was unhappy with the direction of the church — and now the 43-year-old King of Queens star confirms the news to Life & Style.
“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," she tells Life & Style. “I am truly grateful and thankful for all of your support.”
This isn't the first time that a star has chosen to stop practicing. Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis left the church due to its anti-gay ideologies, and then created the film The Master, which many believe is based on the life of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.
While stars are leaving the church, there are still many big names who are advocates for Scientology, including Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, John Travolta, and Jenna Elfman.
When Leah was a vocal supporter of Scientology, she caused some controversy when she reportedly tried to convert her good friend Jennifer Lopez to the religion. But Leah shot down those rumors.
“Two girls can’t hang out together?" she said. "What does that have to do with religion? I just don’t understand it."
The television star currently lives with her husband Angelo Pagan and their nine-year-old-daughter, Sofia, in Los Angeles.