Scientology and the Aftermath, the Emmy-winning A&E docuseries in which former Scientologists Leah Remini and Mike Rinder explore the alleged misdeeds of the controversial religious organization, will end with a two-hour special on Aug. 26, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The finale was taped in front of a live studio audience and will focus on testimonials from former Scientology members who say the church's policies prevented them from reporting sexual and physical abuse to authorities. The special will reportedly include interviews with two women who allege they were raped by actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson, who denies the allegations.
Over the course of three seasons, Scientology and the Aftermath has discussed the church's tax-exempt status, the alleged disappearance of leader David Miscavige's wife, Shelly, and the church's alleged attempts to silence people who speak out against it. It won an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series or Special in 2017, and was nominated last year and this year.
Scientology previously provided this statement to Entertainment Weekly: "the Church earned its [tax] exemption" after a rigorous examination by the IRS. They deride Remini's charge of "bullying" as "farcical." The Miscaviges' lawyer asserts that the Los Angeles Police Department concluded that Shelly Miscavige was not missing "and that Ms. Remini's false 'missing person' report was 'un-founded.'" The Church denies the allegations of fomenting religious divisions and accuses Remini of spreading "vitriolic religious hate and bigotry" that risks instigating violence. The Church also states it has, along with "individual Scientologists," exercised its "First Amendment rights by complaining to advertisers about their support of this disgustingly bigoted show which spreads lies and incites violent" and will "continue to do so as long as A&E and Disney turn a blind eye to their effort to profit by spreading lies and religious hate." In a July 2018 letter to EW, the church's lawyers further said the church has not followed Ms. Remini, nor does it harass former members. Scientology points viewers to www.scientology.tv for more information.
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath will air its series finale on Monday, Aug. 26 at 9/8c on A&E.