Scientology Rep Responds to Leah Remini's Comment That She Left Church Because of Her Daughter Sofia

Celebrity News Feb. 27, 2014 AT 7:10PM
Leah Remini A rep for the Scientology Church has responded to Leah Remini's comment that she left the church because of her daughter Sofia Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Leah Remini isn't getting the last say. The Church of Scientology has responded to the star's recent comments that she left the Church because of her 9-year-old daughter Sofia.

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"It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt by rewriting her history with it, including omitting that she was participating in a program to remain a Scientologist by her own choice, as she was on the verge of being expelled for her ethical lapses," a rep for the Church tells Us Weekly exclusively.

The King of Queens alum, 43, recently spoke out about her decision to leave the Church of Scientology in an interview with Buzzfeed.

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"[Sofia] was getting to the age where the acclimation into the Church would have to start," the actress said, referring to Scientology's "auditing" step. "I started thinking of my own childhood and how I grew up resenting my mother because she was never home. But my mom thought she was doing something good; she thought she was helping the planet. That's what the Church tells you."

"In my house, it's family first -- but I was spending most of my time at the Church," she continued. "So, I was saying 'family first,' but I wasn't showing that. I didn't like the message that sent my daughter." 

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Remini publicly left the Church of Scientology last summer. Back in August, it was announced that she would be writing a tell-all memoir about her experiences.

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