SCIENTOLOGY'S TOP 20 CELEBRITIES - in order of those most likely to defect - 2016-09-26
Now that Jason Lee has confirmed what we've suspected for a long time — that he's out of Scientology — we're naturally getting questions from readers wondering who among the church's glittering celebrities will be next to jump ship.
We've been documenting a pretty amazing cavalcade of celebrity defectors over the last eight years. In 2008, we wrote the first press interview with actor Jason Beghe, who had made a splash with a video denouncing Scientology after being a gung-ho member for 12 years. Director Paul Haggis soon followed, announcing his decision to leave on Marty Rathbun's blog. Both Beghe and Haggis went on to become central figures in Alex Gibney's 2015 documentary, Going Clear.
In 2013, we broke the news that Leah Remini had left Scientology. She went on to write a book about her defection, and is now working on a series about Scientology for the A&E network that may start airing as soon as January.