Leah Remini revealed what happened in a phone call she made to CBS boss Leslie Moonves after being urged to do so by Tom Cruise. Remini, who takes her fight with Scientology to prime time tonight with the debut of her new A&E docuseries, tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published today about trying to get Moonves to kill a “60 Minutes” story on Scientology.
Remini’s limited docuseries “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” premieres tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 29, on A&E.
Remini and Cruise were both once among Scientology’s most high-profile celebrity advocates. But unlike Cruise, Remini has since had a falling out with the church and has become one of its most outspoken critics.
THR quotes Remini saying: “I got pressure to call Les Moonves at CBS to try and get a ’60 Minutes’ report squashed. I got a call from the church and Tom to call Les Moonves and use my influence to squash the story.”
Remini adds: “So I called Les Moonves, even though I was really uncomfortable with it. And he said, ‘Listen — you’re not the only one who has called me about this and I have no right to interject my opinion of what I like or don’t like with the news organization of CBS and I will absolutely not engage this conversation. I’ll tell you or anyone else who calls me.’ He said, ‘I don’t give a shit if it’s you, if it’s Tom Cruise, if it’s Jenna Elfman, you’re all going to get the same story from me.’ And I said, ‘OK.’ And then I called them back and said, ‘Hey, I tried.’”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to THR to read the full interview, which sheds light on the ongoing battle between Remini and Scientology.