Church of Scientology Slams A&E for Yanking KKK Docuseries While Promoting Leah Remini’s Show

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Just days after A&E pulled its KKK docuseries, the Church of Scientology is lashing out at the network for not canceling “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”

A&E canceled the KKK series last Saturday before it even aired, after discovering that producers on the show had paid some some participants on the project. The network stated that cash payments were a “direct violation of A&E’s policies and practices for a documentary.”

On Wednesday, a lawyer for the Church of Scientology, Gary Soter, slammed A&E, saying that the network is hypocritical for canceling the KKK show, while continuing to tout the Scientology show.

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In a letter first obtained by TMZ, the Church counsel argues that A&E has paid on-air subjects in Remini’s series, writing: “Church of Scientology understands that two on-air accusers/participants in Leah Remini’s docuseries, ‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,’ received substantial cash payments for their participation, in violation of the same standards.”

The letter continues, “It is hypocritical for A&E to proclaim its intent to ‘expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms’ in cancelling the KKK show and at the same time promote Leah Remini’s program which promotes hatred that A&E claims that it wants to stop.”

When asked for further comment by Variety, The Church of Scientology told us, “the letter speaks for itself.”

A&E declined to comment on whether participants in “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” were paid — other than Remini, who is an executive producer on the docuseries — but an insider close to the network tells Variety that even if participants were paid, financial payments would be common practice for participants in a television docuseries.

The source says that the network “explicitly” and “strictly” told producers of the KKK docuseries that no members of the hate group were to be paid, so when they discovered that payments were issued, they canceled the show.

“We’re talking about payments made to hate group members versus payment to Leah, the EP of the show,” a person familiar with the situation told Variety.

“It’s a different animal,” the insider said, comparing the KKK show to the Scientology series. “It’s apples and oranges.”

The cancellation of the KKK docuseries came after a substantial about of negative Twitter chatter, regarding the controversial docuseries, which was formerly titled “Generation KKK” and then changed to “Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America,” just one day before it was ultimately yanked off A&E’s schedule. Meanwhile, Remini’s series has been bringing in monster ratings and critical praise for A&E.

Leah Remini’s team did not immediately reply to Variety‘s request for comment.

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  1. Leigh says:

    Remini’s series on Scientology is award-winning. Kudos for A&E for running it. I hope they do a follow up in a few years.

  2. I think it was seeing Tom Cruise going into a maniacal rant about the glories of Scientology that made me take notice. Too many people have come out with the same story. They can’t all be liars and reprobates that this so called “Church” labels them to be. Come on people, this whole organization was created by a grandiose Science Fiction writer.

  3. It is high time the IRS denies COS its Tax-Exempt status as a “Church”. Everyone knows it isn’t!

  4. Wow this is the best mind blowing show to date. Leah is amazing, a true honest lady showing the world of this cult. I remember the Hubbard book way back and said what a cult. How could people believe this crap. Then you watch the show, the brainwash, the extortion, the abortions, the abuse. Leah has heart and I would help her in any way I can. I am impressed at her as a human being on a mission. Proud of her.

  5. Crystal says:

    I love this show and thanks for airing it. Hope someone from that cult is watching it and having an eye opener. Leah, thanks for doing this and we got your back

    • Leimomi says:

      I love this show and await impatiently for the next weeks show to start. The COS tells about the hate being spewed by Leah and Riner but I have yet to see hate. All they are showing is truth and the many person’s whose lives were changed by the abuse. Every religion should always put God and family first no matter the circumstance. COS used Biblical scriptures and take it totally out of context. Use this one – Mark 12:31 Love your neighbor as yourself. Add that to your aftermath letters along with all of your lies. Both Leah and Riner spent 30 & 40 years in your stupid Scientology because they thought they were “helping” people by all of the lies you spewed to them, but yet you call them liars. This cracks me up! Leah and Riner, please continue doing what you are doing. You are educating people to know what “truth” is and I applaud you for it!

  6. John Baize says:

    Boo Hoo! A cult has its feelings hurt when a whistle-blower tells the truth. The show is amazing and definitely eye opening to just how sick and evil this cult is. How this cult can has not been investigated and prosecuted and shut down by the FBI is beyond me. THIS IS NOT A RELIGION!

  7. Jeff Kantor says:

    The biggest hypocrites are the Church of Scientology.

  8. KathyRo says:

    You know what would be the best? If this show triggered a schism in the Church of Scientology, like when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a Catholic church. Not only did he essentially kickstart the Protestant Reformation but he also ultimately caused the Catholic Church to reform itself.
    Maybe this show will be the catalyst for a new Church of Scientology.

    Even if Remini doesn’t want to do this, surely somebody in that church is power-hungry enough to start his or her own splinter cult? Come on – I can’t wait to have a Scientologist standing on my doorstep, telling me Xenu died for my sins!

  9. TeriLee Huff says:

    Remini’s show is not about hate, it is a factual program that explains what she learned of Scientology, after spending many years with them. She is one of many, some very high up in the group that have left it and exposed the true Scientology. If not true, then they should just dial it down and turn the other cheek.

  10. Well golly, looks like the cult wanted to share the spotlight with another evil oppressive organizaiton of bigots and not be all alone in the hot glare of vicious public opinion. Lil Davey Miscavige loses again.

  11. SPIKE says:

    Leah Rimini is a one-woman hate group, surrounded by haters and criminals. Based on where she’s at, as a person, anything she says has to be taken not with a grain of salt but a pound of salt.

    Go somewhere else and spew your hate, Leah.

    • Steve says:

      Question. Why do you people think that this kind of crap fools anybody?

    • John Baize says:

      Spike, didn’t I see you with a camera filming her and stealing garbage just because Lil Davey -the cult pope- told you to on one of the episodes? You should really be able to hear how rabidly insane, you scientologists, sound to normal people who have not drank the kool-aid. Speaking of, I wouldn’t drink any real kool-aid that Lil Davey tells you to unless you want to end up like Jim Jones followers….just saying.

    • Rose says:

      Hate? Thank you for the chuckle. I came in here to look for people who would actually defend SOC. The show is not about LEAH. She is just the narrator exposing the cult.

      • Rose says:

        Oh….COS. Only one word true in the title…”of.” Church is joke. Science can only be used if Fiction is added to the end.

    • KB says:

      Spike, I used to follow Kirstie Alley on Twitter and when Leah left the church, Kirstie spouted such vitriol at Leah, I was shocked. At that point and since then, Leah has never been nasty about it. I lost all respect for Kirstie after that. I follow Leah on Twitter and she has never been rude or spewing hate. So you need to get your facts straight. I have seen actual footage of Scientologists stalking former members and harrassing them. These were former members who just wanted out and wanted the quiet life. They were stalked daily and constantly harrassing and berated. One guy’s girlfriend who had never even said anything about Scientology, was stalked and harrassed by members. She couldn’t set foot outside of her home for fear of what they might do to her. As they harrassed this couple they said horrendous things, that the couple didn’t deserve. So I find it extremely hard to believe that Leah is spouting anything but the truth.

    • Winterfalls says:

      Found The Scientologist!!!!

    • MG says:

      You wouldn’t know though, because you are obviously a Scientologist!! You all NEED to be called out!! Finally, many have come to their senses and gotten out of your CULT!!!!!!

    • PS says:

      LOL You’re pissed that your cult is getting exposed? What reason would Leah Rimini have to spew lies and “hate” about something, she believed in and was part of for 30 years? Wouldn’t it be much easier for her to bow out quietly, instead of publicly admitting, that she was scammed by a cult since 30 years. Wouldn’t she still be part of the scam, if it wasn’t a scam in the first place? There wouldn’t be a reason for her to leave, if it all would be legit.

    • Jackie Smith says:

      You must be a Scientologist…GOTTA be…

  12. Steve says:

    The CoS seems not to realize that, in the context of this series, THEY are the KKK.

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