Kirstie Alley, Leah Remini
Kirstie Alley has never been one to mince words, and during an interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday, the actress turned her tongue against Leah Remini.
Alley called Remini, who left Scientology in July, a "bigot" and asserted that her negative claims about the church are "bullsh--." Remini said in September that she has lost friends since leaving Scientology and that the church was looking for her to fail onDancing with the Stars, where she finished in fifth place.
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"The thing about me is, I don't care what religion you are. If someone is attacking your religion, I will have your back, and I will defend you. I think that is the most repulsive thing a person can do, attack another person's faith," Alley explained. "Because a faith is what you look to to have hope, and is what you look to to help other people. I just think it's really wrong."
Alley, who's been a member of the church since the '70s, took umbrage with Remini's statement that she "lost friends" when she left. "First of all, I just want to everyone to know I have hundreds of friends and people that I know that have come into Scientology and left Scientology," Alley continued. "It is not true that you cannot [leave]. You're not shunned, you're not chased. All that stuff's bullsh--."
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The actress said her real issue with Remini is the way she used sweeping statements to portray the entire religion and all its followers in a negative light."When you are generalizing, and when your goal is to malign and to say things about an entire group -- there are tens of millions of Scientologists in the world -- when you decide to blanket statement that 'Scientology is evil,' you are my enemy," Alley said.
"The truth is, I don't think I've seen Leah for seven or eight years, not for any reason other than I'm acting, and she's acting," Alley added. "I didn't care if she was in or out."
But now, Alley has taken steps to assure her contact with Remini continues to be nonexistent. "I have blocked her on Twitter," she said. "Because she's a bigot. If someone was really out there [saying negative things about your religion], would they be your friend? They wouldn't be mine. It's not selective, I just won't have people in my life that are that."
Remini is taking the high road in the feud. Asked by TMZ for comment Friday, Remini replied, "I just wish the best for people."