Scientologist turned anti-Scientology warrior Leah Remini dropped the first season of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath back in November 2016. Since then, she’s gone from “Doug’s hot wife from The King of Queens” to the reason why there are so many aggressively crushed E-meters handles in David Miscavige’s office. Scientologists hate Leah and Mike Rinder, former Scientology executive and her co-host on the show, for trying to take them down. Well, Scientologists have a reason to celebrate today and it’s because Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath will officially end on August 26th.
The Hollywood Reporter says the series finale will be a special two-hour episode filmed in front of a live studio audience filled solely with ex-Sea Org members. Sources tell THR that the special will focus on testimonials given by the former Scientologists, and that a part of the episode will focus on the accusations against current Scientologist Danny Masterson. Two years ago, several female Scientologists went to the LAPD to accuse Danny of rape after Leah encouraged them to report him. Yesterday we learned that four women are suing Danny, David Miscavige, and Scientology for allegedly using intimidation tactics to get them to shut up about their allegations against him. Leah’s Very Special Episode will feature interview footage of two of the four women who accused Danny of sexual assault.
A&E released the following statement about the end of the series:
“Leah, Mike and all the contributors who have courageously shared their stories with us over the past 36 episodes exemplify A&E’s mission to be a home for brave storytellers to share their truths no matter the obstacles. We can’t thank Leah and the team at IPC enough for creating this groundbreaking series.”
Leah told THR that she never intended for the show to go on as long as it did, and that there are other ways she needs to fight C0$.
“We’re exposing so much, but we need to do some other things to bring the fight to a different level. We did not plan on more than a season or two. I always thought it would be six or eight episodes and that would be enough for the FBI, local police and the IRS to start doing something about it – or at the very least revoke their tax exemptions. People kept telling us more stories, and we had to tell them, but there’s only so much you can do in this forum and in this way.”
Leah hasn’t said exactly what her plan is, but she would say that she’s “going down another avenue” that she feels will bring real justice to the victims of Scientology.
As you can probably expect, the Church of Scientology is thrilled that Leah’s show is over. TMZ says that a rep for Scientology released a statement about the end of the series, and it’s as extra as usual.
“Leah Remini has blood on her hands. Her show’s lies, distortions and exhortations to hate and bigotry generated assassination threats against the leader of the Scientology religion, physical attacks on Churches, and the murder of a Scientology religious worker whose throat was slashed by a madman egged on by Remini’s horrendous distortions.”
The accusation that Leah’s show inspired murder is in reference to the news from earlier this year, in which a Scientology security worker was stabbed to death by her teenage son. The son was allegedly inspired by an anti-Scientology website that mentioned Leah’s show.
The Scientology rep also called Leah’s show a “hate machine.” But among all that hyperbole, I’m sure all the higher-up Scientologists are thrilled that no one on TV will be trying to hold them accountable anymore (at least for the time being). I bet they’ll be celebrating with a little surprise party for Commander David this evening. If they need some quick decorations, I suppose they could always make some streamers and confetti out of the stack of lawsuits piling up.