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Scientology Is A 'Cult!' Leah Remini Slams Former Religion

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Nov. 28 2016, Updated 10:00 p.m. ET

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Scientology is a "cult" according to former devotee Leah Remini.

The ex-member of the church, who famously attended Tom Cruise's wedding to Katie Holmes, lashed out at the religion ahead of her new show exposing the dark side of the organization.

Remini, 46, said it took "six years," to leave Scientology and made shocking claims about the practices of the church and the current members.

"I know Kirstie Alley called me 'bigot' on Howard Stern," Remini told Access Hollywood Live.

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Because of such comments, she said, "it is even more difficult to speak out," against Scientology.

But she didn't backtrack on her claims that the organization is a cult.

"I think that It is a cult by definition. Yes," she told Kit Hoover and Natalie Morales.

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"It has its own nomenclature. It separates you from friends and family. You believe that you are the only ones doing anything in the world. You believe you have all the answers to life."

Remini continued her rant against her former religion. "You are getting your information only from your church. Education is not important other than your Scientology education," she claimed.

The actress defended calling Scientology a "cult," saying: "I don't think it is by my standards, rather than by the standards of what a cult is."

The church has slammed her comments, saying this week, "Leah Remini needs to move on with her life and career and stop blaming the Church and others for all of her personal and professional setbacks. Most of all, she needs to quit promoting hatred and religious intolerance as a means to line her pockets."

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.

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