Inside Kirstie Alley’s feud with Leah Remini, her history with the Church of Scientology, and her award-winning career

The late Kirstie Alley and Leah Remini’s alleged feud dates back almost a decade after they fell out over the Church of Scientology.

The two actresses were part of the church before Remini, 52, left Scientology in 2013.

Actress Kirstie Alley, 71, (pictured) had a long history with Scientology


Actress Kirstie Alley, 71, (pictured) had a long history with ScientologyPhoto credit: Getty
A nearly decade-long alleged feud between Kirstie and Leah Remini, 52, reportedly began in 2013 after Remini left the Church of Scientology


A nearly decade-long alleged feud between Kirstie and Leah Remini, 52, reportedly began in 2013 after Remini left the Church of ScientologyPhoto credit: Getty

At the time, Remini Ellen DeGeneres said her family “lost friends” because she decided to leave the religion.

Alley, who died at age 71, was a longtime Scientologist and slammed Remini for her comments, calling her a “fanatic.”

“First of all, I just want everyone to know that I have hundreds of friends and people I know who have come into Scientology and have left Scientology,” Alley told Howard Stern.

“It’s not true that you can’t [leave] … You are not avoided, you are not hunted. All that stuff is bulls**t.”

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She said that anyone who says “Scientology is evil” is her “enemy.”

“If you’re generalizing, and if your aim is to slander and say things about an entire group – there are millions of Scientologists in the world – if you decide to generalize that ‘Scientology is evil,’ then you are You my enemy,” Alley said.

She added, “The truth is, I don’t think I’ve seen Leah in seven or eight years for any reason other than I’m acting, and she’s acting. I didn’t care if she was in or out.”

Two years later, in November 2015, Remini spoke to Stern and said she “understood” Alley’s comments.

“I know politics. I understand that hiding behind religious bigotry is the right way to go,” she said.

“I know why she thinks she’s mad at me and I know, once again, that hiding behind that veil is something. They see me as an enemy.”

Remini was asked what she would say to Alley if she saw her.

She replied: “If I did [see Kirstie]I wouldn’t say anything because I know she couldn’t talk to me. I am avoided. She couldn’t speak to me.”

Alley then spoke out again a month after Remini’s comments.

The star said there was nothing going on between the stars but then blamed Remini for her actions.

“She left religion and she was very critical. It’s just some kind of water under the bridge,” Alley told Stern.

“There’s nothing going on there, and there hasn’t been going on for years.

“I didn’t avoid her, but when a lot of people reject you, at some point you have to ask yourself, ‘What do I do?’ I mean, I would have wondered that too,” she said.


In December 2020, a former Scientologist, Tony Ortega, told Us Weekly about Alley and Remini’s alleged feud.

“Kirstie tries to discredit Leah at every opportunity,” he said.

“Leah is a very big problem for the church and for Kirstie. She just won’t go away. Kirstie has received permission to attack [Leah’s claims].”

After nearly a decade of public statements about each other, the two stars remained at odds.


In February 2022, Alley and Remini feuded over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Alley tweeted that she didn’t know “what is real or false in this war.” She added: “So I’m not going to comment on that. I will pray instead.”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Alley’s Dancing With The Stars season 12 partner who Alley reportedly stopped being friends with years ago – issued a statement to the star.

“Dear Kirstie, we haven’t spoken in a while but I clearly remember being right next to you as you organized relief trucks during Hurricane Sandy and I remember everything you told me about innocent situations [people] suffer,” he said.

He added to his Instagram Story post: “The same energy is needed now. No one needs your prayer unless they know what is real and what is false.”

Remini also chimed in on social media.

She said: “1. So @kirstiealley can comment on things she doesn’t know about like mental health, psychiatric drugs and virology, but she won’t comment on Putin, who is an evil bully?

“No comment on Russia invading Ukraine? Killing innocent people? The expulsion of Ukrainians?” she tweeted.

“2. She has no comment on these crimes against humanity? But will she pray?

“Scientology, her ‘religion’, says Christ is a pedophile and a lie. Scientologists are not allowed to believe in anything but Scientology. So who is she praying to?”


Those posts weren’t the only heated words Alley and Remini exchanged about the Russian invasion.

“I don’t care what the punk a**t**ts say,” Alley tweeted.

“I will continue to pray for the people of Ukraine.

“Putin is a**t [SIC] and a coward, and I’ll pray his own soldiers refused to do that dirty work. PS I pray to the same God as you. So get over your evil selves.”

Remini responded to Alley’s comments in her own tweet.

“1. Whoa… look who’s talking now. So hard. So headstrong. I have your punk a** t**t right here and I’ll give you one,” she wrote.

“That’s for you and the rest of you Scientology bitches (male and female) who are very brave on social media but can’t handle any real confrontation.”

She added: “2. At any time. All over. Quit the fake hard talk and bring it on. They were all invited to the table many times to do this face to face.

“3. BTW, none of this is very Christian of you @kirstiealley. Your friend Maks is in a war zone and innocent people are dying.

“Pretending to pray to any god is sad. I wish you would. Stand by your own belief system that tells you there is no God.”

The US Sun reached out to the Church of Scientology, as well as Alley and Remini representatives, but received no response at the time of publication.


Alley was perhaps best known for her role as Rebecca Howe on Cheers from 1987 to 1993.

She won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe in 1991 for her performance on the hit NBC series.

Alley also received an Emmy for her role as Sally Goodson on David’s Mother.

The late actress’ credits also include Veronica’s Closet, which ran from 1997 to 2000, 2005’s Fat Actress, which she co-wrote and starred in, and Scream Queens.

In 2013, TV Land ran a single season of the show Kirstie, which centered on a woman who gave her son up for adoption at birth, only to be reunited with him after his parents’ death.

It was canceled after five months on the air.

She made her film debut in 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, playing the Vulcan officer Lieutenant Saavik.

She is also credited with appearing in Drop Dead Gorgeous, Deconstructing Harry, and Look Who’s Talking.

She starred opposite John Travolta in Who’s Talking, and the film grossed nearly $300 million.

She took part in the hit shows Dancing with the Stars and The Masked Singer.

Alley was also a spokesperson for Jenny Craig.

John Travolta and Kirstie Alley hold a child in a scene from the film Look Who's Talking, 1989. (Photo by TriStar Pictures/Getty Images)


John Travolta and Kirstie Alley hold a child in a scene from the film Look Who’s Talking, 1989. (Photo by TriStar Pictures/Getty Images)Photo credit: Getty Inside Kirstie Alley’s feud with Leah Remini, her history with the Church of Scientology, and her award-winning career


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