Actress Leah Remini’s high-profile break with Scientology apparently didn’t sit well with another veteran television comedy actress, as Kirstie Alley, a Scientologist, lashed out at Remini for her comments about the church, TheWrap.com reports. Among other things, Alley called Remini a “bigot,” the report notes.
Alley made the comments in an interview with Howard Stern last week, during a spot to promote her new TV Land comedy “Kirstie.” Remini broke from Scientology earlier this year, and claimed she had lost friends after leaving.
“First of all, I just want everyone to know I have hundreds of friends and people that I know that have come into Scientology and left Scientology,” Alley said. “It is not true that you cannot [depart the church]. … You’re not shunned, you’re not chased. All that stuff’s bullshit.”
Both Alley and Remini are getting work through TV Land, with Remini taking on a recurring role on the cable channel’s "The Exes."
Alley also defended her “Kirstie” co-star Michael Richards, who used the N-word during a 2006 performance at the Laugh Factory.
Richards “apologized and apologized,” and people shouldn’t hold a grudge, Alley said.
Remini’s rancorous break from the church made headlines earlier this year, as we reported previously. The "King of Queens" star opened up in September on "Ellen" about her rift with Scientology; that video can be seen by clicking here.