Leah Remini Responds to Katie Holmes After Scientology Tell-All: 'We're Back to Being Human' | NBC Bay Area

Leah Remini Responds to Katie Holmes After Scientology Tell-All: 'We're Back to Being Human'

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    Leah Remini arrives at the 2014 UNICEF Ball on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    When it comes to the Church of Scientology, Leah Remini continues to be an open book — especially regarding the church's key players, Tom Cruise and his ex-wife, former member Katie Holmes.

    On the eve of her tell-all memoir release and following an in-depth interview regarding her revelations, the former "King of Queens" star has now responded to the actress who caused her a lot of "time and pain" while a parishioner.

    "At the time, I was fighting with her," Remini told "Good Morning America's" Amy Robach on Monday, tears swelling in her eyes after Robach read a statement from Holmes' which simply read: "I regret having upset Leah in the past, and wish her only the best in the future." 

    "It makes me emotional because at the time that Katie and this particular crew were writing reports it caused me a lot of time and pain—and my family being 're-programmed,'" Remini said. 

    Remini described the kind of patrolling that went on within the church where "you create an environment where everyone is writing each other up." It caused a rift between the two families. 

    "I had no idea she was going through probably a lot more and looking back now and seeing her and Suri out there in the world and her being able to be with her daughter and live her life-- I'm touched by it because I know now she did what she did leaving because she had to protect her daughter," the 45-year-old mother acknowledged.

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    For her 11-year-old daughter, Sofia Pagan, that same goal was always in Remini's mind.

    "I didn't want my daughter to choose the church," she admitted, citing that many families often do over their relationships with each other.

    Now that both Remini and Holmes have broken their bonds with their former faith, they can relate on a different level.

    "It's really because we both left that we're able to have this sort of grace towards each other because we're back to being human," she said.

    In response to Remini's claims made ahead of the release of her memoir, the Church of Scientology issued a statement to NBC News which read: "Her repeated ethical lapses and callous treatment of others led to an ecclesiastical review, which resulted in her being expelled. She now regurgitates the tired myths the church has repeatedly debunked."

    Regarding the claims of expulsion, Remini said on "GMA": "I didn't get the memo that I was expelled. But I mean, if that's what makes them feel good."

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    Despite being critical of her years in the controversial religion, Remini does want to cut it some slack.

    "I don't want to sit here and bash it because it gave me a lot," she told Robach. "It helped me in my life but you can't take some of it and leave the rest. You have to be all in."

    The reality star did acknowledge that there are "a lot of good things" about the organization, though she must also recognize it's extremism. "It's an all in or all out proposition."

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    Still, the former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant revealed she did not like the person she was while practicing.

    "I was very judgemental while I was in the organization. I felt we had all the answers. I felt we were doing amazing things for the world," she said. "That's what we were told. That's what we believed."

    Such public services included consistent attempts to convert her peers to join the church, a process she described as an effort in "curing man's ills." "I felt that I always had some kind of agenda," she said.

    After publicly leaving the church in 2013 following 36 years of service to the religion, Remini returned to a different kind of devotion.

    "I was always religious. I was baptized as a Catholic. I got my daughter baptized as a Catholic," she said. "I'm reconnecting with my faith. It's been a beautiful thing."

    In addition to her faith, Remini said her quality of life overall has been uplifted.

    "Your life becomes about being celebratory. There's a freedom to it," she declared. "People are good and not everybody is against us and not everybody is trying to hurt you and it's not all about conspiracies."

    In addition to personal benefit, Remini also wants her cautionary tale to prove beneficial to those who find themselves at a crossroads.

    "We really want people to know it's never too late to start again," she said.

    Remini's book "Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology" is out Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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