In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the ex-Scientologist and co-host (and former Scientology senior executive) Mike Rinder opened about the direction of the docu-series’ newest season.
The two said the show will focus on the church’s tax exemption, the alleged disappearance of leader David Miscavige’s wife Shelly, and the Nation of Islam. Remini said when she was part of the church, she was asked to introduce the Nation of Islam to the Church of Scientology.
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“It’s a collective: it’s hearing from past contributors of our show, contributors that have not even been on our show that thinks are going to be on our show,” Remini said.
“They’re harassing people on a daily basis, literally sending people to their homes, calling their businesses saying they’re under some kind of investigation, they’re taking out ads, hiring private investigators…”
Aftermath first aired in 2016 and even landed the duo and A&E a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series. As ex-Scientologists, Remini and Rinder seek to tell the unheard stories of the controversial church, getting insight from past followers as well.
In March, The Church of Scientology announced they would launch its own 24-hour television network, with original series like Meet A Scientologist, L. Ron Hubbard in His Own Voice and Inside Scientology.
The church classified Remini and Rinder as “Suppressive Persons” or SPs — people who speak ill of Scientology and its teachings.
And along with accusations in former seasons of sexually and physically abusive practices, the church denies all allegations made by the show. The organization even has a website dedicated to disproving all the claims Aftermath proposes, as well as discrediting Remini and Rinder.
Last year, the church spoke out on some of their own harassment incidents after the show went on air.
“There have been more than 500 incidents of vandalism, harassment and threats of violence against the church, its parishioners, staff and leadership,” said Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw in 2017.
“Leah Remini is just an actress whose current role is starring in a scam of a show whose singular goal is to incite religious hate and violence for ratings, money and Emmy nominations.”
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.
— with files from Chris Jancelewicz
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