So many questions, so little time! After paging through Leah Remini‘s new book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, Andy Cohen had plenty of burning questions for the new author on Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
“I have follow-up questions to the book,” Cohen told Remini in his NYC clubhouse. “I read it and I’m fascinated, and I know the viewers have a lot of questions.”
The SiriusXM radio host asked Remini “how much money” she gave to Scientology throughout her time as a member. “Millions,” the King of Queens actress replied, claiming that she gave, at the very least, over $3 million.
He then asked Remini, 45, if she could elaborate on church members maintaining ties with those who’ve left Scientology. “For example, I’m fascinated by the Tom Cruise thing in terms of his daughter,” Cohen noted, referring to Suri Cruise, the actor’s little girl with ex-wife Katie Holmes. “If she allegedly left the church . . . If she’s no longer a Scientologist, then does that mean he can’t be in touch with her?”
“Well, she’s a baby. She’s a child,” Remini replied of Cruise’s 9-year-old daughter. “She doesn’t have a choice. No, but the policy of the church is you can’t be connected to someone who’s committed a suppressive act, which I have. Katie has, per church policy. You can’t be connected to that. You have to shun that particular person.”
In her memoir, Remini detailed Cruise’s alleged pull within in the church. Cohen asked why Remini wrote that Cruise’s treatment of others was “utterly shocking.”
“He appeared to have an enormous amount of power within the church,” Remini mused.
Cohen also had questions about another famous Scientologist. “You didn’t mention [John] Travolta much,” the show host pressed.
“He’s a very sweet man, and he loves the technology of Scientology,” Remini replied. “He’s been lovely.”
During the aftershow, a caller asked Remini if she had any particular regrets about being a Scientologist. “Regrets? No, I’m here now,” she replied. “I wouldn’t be here in this moment between these two wonderful people. I’m happy that I’m here with experience.”
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