Did Scientologists Get Roger Friedman Fired? - 2009-06-14
Friedman, who now writes for The Hollywood Reporter, charges that the blowup over his Wolverine review was just a cover (admittedly, it did seem strange at the time, since his offending column would have had to be approved by an editor prior to publication). The real cause for his termination may have been Tom Cruise, who, "a source" alleges, demanded that Friedman be fired as a condition of the actor signing on to star in Fox's Wichita, a movie with Cameron Diaz.
The evidence? Friedman claims that at Isaac Hayes's funeral last year, Kelly Preston pulled him aside and called him a "religious bigot" for attacking Scientology in a number of his columns, and she later complained about him to Fox News's Roger Ailes and John Moody. "When she couldn't get Moody to fire Friedman, she called him a [obscenity]," says the source. Later, Ailes and Moody allegedly agreed to meet with a Church of Scientology spokesman and subsequently forbade Friedman from writing about the death of Jett Travolta. Also, Friedman was supposedly asked to go easy on Cruise's Valkyrie by 20th Century Fox chairman Jim Gianopoulos, since Fox was distributing the movie internationally (a fat lot of good that did!).