The Church of Scientology has gone on the attack against A&E, alleging a glaring double standard by canceling "Generation KKK" but touting its Leah Remini anti-Scientology program.
TMZ obtained a letter Scientology's lawyer fired off to A&E, in which it scoffs at the network's decision to pull the plug on the 'KKK' show because producers paid some of the Klan members money. A&E said it was a direct violation of its policies to pay the subjects of a documentary.
The Scientology lawyer counters in the letter:
"Church of Scientology understands that two on-air accusers/participants in Leah Remini's docuseries, "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" received substantial cash payments for their participation, in violation of the same standards."
The letter goes on to essentially accuse A&E of becoming partners in Remini's show, giving them "free advertising and promotion for anti-Scientology books they have published."
And the lawyer says:
"It is hypocritical for A&E to proclaim its intent to 'expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms' in cancelling the KKK show and at the same time promote Leah Remini's program which promotes hatred that A&E claims that it wants to stop."
An official at A&E tells us there's a difference in the 2 shows because Remini is an executive producer on her show and she's "not the member of a hate group."
We reached out to Remini's rep but so far, no word back.
(Taken from http://www.tmz.com/2016/12/28/scientology-a-and-e-kkk-show-leah-remini/)
For more information, see: http://www.leahreminiaftermath.com
Church of Scientology's official statement re: Leah Remini's 'reality' TV show
Leah Remini's 'reality' show, like her last one, is nothing more than a scripted, rehearsed, acted and dramatized work of fiction. She and the other anti-Scientologists in her program have been expelled from the Church for unethical conduct.
Many of the family members of those Leah Remini interviewed have voiced their outrage that their personal, private family matters are being used as fodder for 'reality' television and have informed the producers of the show what really affected their relationships. It was their choice to no longer associate with these toxic personalities. The Church respects the religious beliefs of others and their families' personal choices.
Leah Remini has disparaged and exploited her former faith through a series of failed publicity stunts, culminating in her 'reality' television show—featuring a cast of admitted liars who have, for a profit, been telling differing versions of the same false tales of abuse for years, many reviewed and discredited in courts of law. That A&E would promote their agenda smacks of bigotry.
Within the last month Leah Remini attempted to extort first $500,000 followed by another demand for $1,000,000 ($1.5 million total) from the Church because we responded with the truth to her dishonest and despicable harassment of the Church and its leader. It is sad that Leah Remini wishes to exploit for money those who tirelessly worked to help her when no one else was willing to tolerate her behavior. The Church was always there for Leah Remini, including picking her up from the ground after her meltdown following her firing from The Talk.
Leah Remini has become what she once vowed she would never be: 'This bitter ex-Scientologist.' As we have stated numerous times, 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: Aftermath' is really 'Leah Remini: After Money.'
The real story of the Church of Scientology, what it does, its beliefs and practices, is available at www.scientology.org