Pastor's 'premature' announcement of July 22 event causes A&E to cancel 'Aftermath' taping - 2017-07-13
Clearwater, Florida Baptist preacher Willy Rice of Calvary Church had a bold statement to make about the Church of Scientology. The problem is, he might have made that statement too soon. Or at least, someone who works for him did.
That's the story we're hearing now that it has turned out the July 22 taping of an episode of A&E's Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath series at Calvary Church was initially confirmed to us by the Aftermath team, and then was pulled after Pastor Rice's "premature" announcement created chaos for the network.
Aftermath's co-star, Mike Rinder, had developed a relationship with Pastor Rice, as numerous Facebook posts show, going back several months. Pastor Rice then wrote up his announcement to his congregation, saying that on July 22, a taping of the show would be held there that would not be a church event or even a Christian event, but a chance for Clearwater residents to get answers about Scientology and about Remini's show. The message also denounced Scientology as a cult and said, "Our community has been tormented by this Goliath for far too long."