Leah Remini: 'I Understood' Kirstie Alley Backlash After Speaking Out Against Scientology - 2015-11-03
When Leah Remini decided to leave the church of Scientology after more than three decades and speak publicly about her experience, she knew there would be backlash from people still tied to the controversial church - including fellow celebrities.
But Remini, 45, said on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show Tuesday she understands why Kristie Alley, a longtime Scientologist, lashed out at Remini and called her a "bigot" when she first left the church in 2013.
"I understood it," she told Stern. "I understood it because I know the policy. I understand that hiding behind, you know, religious bigotry is the route to go."