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 got into a rift 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

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Actress Kirstie Alley, 71, (pictured) had a long history with ScientologyCredit: Getty
An almost decade-long alleged feud between Kirstie and Leah Remini, 52, reportedly started in 2013 after Remini left the Church of Scientology

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An almost decade-long alleged feud between Kirstie and Leah Remini, 52, reportedly started in 2013 after Remini left the Church of ScientologyCredit: Getty

At the time, Remini told Ellen DeGeneres that her family has “lost friends” because of their choice to leave the religion.

Alley, who died at the age of 71, was a long-time Scientologist and bashed Remini for her comments, calling her a “bigot.”

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

“It is not true that you cannot [leave] … You’re not shunned, you’re not chased. All that stuff’s bulls**t.”

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

“When you are generalizing, and when your goal is to malign and to say things about an entire group — there are tens of millions of Scientologists in the world — when you decide to blanket statement that ‘Scientology is evil,’ you are my enemy,” Alley said.

She added: “The truth is, I don’t think I’ve seen Leah for seven or eight years, not 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 talked to Stern saying that she “understood” Alley’s comments.

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“I know the policy. I understand that hiding behind, you know, religious bigotry is the route to go,” she said.

“I know why she thinks she’s angry with me, and I know, again, hiding behind that veil is something that is per policy. 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’m shunned. She couldn’t talk to me.”

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

The star said there was nothing going on between the stars, but then proceeded to blame Remini for her actions.

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

“There’s nothing going on, and there was nothing going on for years.

“I didn’t shun her, but if a lot of people are rejecting you, at some point you gotta ask, ‘What am I doing?’ I mean, that’s what I would have asked myself,” she said.

‘A VERY BIG PROBLEM’

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 isn’t going away. Kirstie has been given permission to attack [Leah’s claims].”

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

WAR OF WORDS

In February 2022, Alley and Remini fought over Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine.

Alley tweeted that she didn’t know “what’s real or what is fake in this war.” She added: “So I won’t be commenting. I’ll pray instead.”

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

“Dear Kirstie, We haven’t spoken in a while, but I clearly remember being right next to you while you were organizing trucks of aid during Hurricane Sandy and I remember all that you were saying to me about situations where innocent [people] are suffering,” he said.

He added to his Instagram Story post: “That same energy is needed right now. No one needs your prayer if you don’t know what’s real or fake.”

Remini also chimed in on social media.

She said: “1. So @kirstiealley can comment on things she knows nothing about like mental health, psychiatric drugs, and virology, but she won’t comment on Putin who is an evil tyrant?

“No comment about Russia invading Ukraine? The killing of innocent people? The displacement of Ukrainians?” she tweeted.

“2. She has no comment on these crimes against humanity? But she’s going to pray?

“Scientology, her ‘religion’, says Christ is a pedophile and a lie. Scientologists aren’t allowed to believe in anything else other than Scientology. So who is she praying to?”

THROWING EXPLETIVES

Those posts weren’t the only heated words Alley and Remini shared over Russia’s invasion.

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

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

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

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

 “1. Whoa… looks who’s talking now. So tough. So opinionated. I got your ‘punk a** t**t’ right here and I will raise you one,” she wrote.

“That’s to you and the rest of you p***y a** Scientology bitches (men & women) who are very brave on social media but can’t handle any real confrontation.”

She added: “2. Anytime. Anyplace. Stop with the fake tough talk and bring it. You all have been invited to the table many times to handle this face-to-face. But you can’t handle it.

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

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

The U.S. Sun reached out to the Church of Scientology, as well as Alley and Remini’s reps, but a response wasn’t received by the time of publication.

LEGENDARY CAREER

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

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

Alley also earned an Emmy for playing Sally Goodson in David’s Mother.

The late actress’ credits also include Veronica’s Closet, which ran from 1997-2000, 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 around a woman who gave her son up for adoption at birth, only to be reunited with him after his parents passed away.

It was canceled after five months on the air.

Her film debut came in 1982 in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, where she played the Vulcan officer Lieutenant Saavik.

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

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

She competed on the hit shows Dancing with the Stars and The Masked Singer.

Alley was also a spokesperson for Jenny Craig.

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

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

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