Leah Remini Flees Scientology

Today in celebrity news: King of Queens actress Leah Remini is leaving her longtime church, Justin Bieber gets a second chance, and the Royal Baby preparations are well under way. 

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Longtime Scientologist Leah Remini, the actress best known for putting up with Kevin James for nine years on The King of Queens, has left the church, reportedly because she is sick of the culture of fear and intimidation that church leader David Miscavige has created. Supposedly she is tired of church members being threatened and interrogated if they question Miscavige's leadership and disagrees with the forced estrangement from family members whom the church deems "suppressive persons." So she's getting out, and considering going public with her story, no matter what the church throws at her in retaliation. One story she might discuss, which another former Scientologist blogged about this week, was the time she was at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's wedding and asked a church higher up where Miscavige's wife Shelly was and the response she got was, "You don't have the f--king rank to ask about Shelly." Shelly who, it's believed, has not been seen in public for seven years. Update: A representative of the Church of Scientology tells us, "The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no further comment" with regards to Remini, but says any "allegations of 'interrogations' and 'thought modification' are absurd and pure nonsense, as are all the statements made about the Church’s leader, Mr. David Miscavige." With regard to Shelly Miscavige, the Church points us to a statement her lawyer provided Us Weekly last summer: "She is not missing. Any reports that she is missing are false." Well, we eagerly await whatever Remini has to say about her time in the church, though probably shouldn't hold our breaths. They can make life very difficult for apostates, so she might decide to keep mum and just live her life in peace. If only she'd taken Elisabeth Moss with her. [Page Six]

Even though he is a little jerk, Justin Bieber's ex Selena Gomez has decided to take him back. On one condition though: He has to stop being such a chode all the time. Yup. He can either be a complete knob on the regular and not be with her, or he can stop being a total dingleberry and be with her. It's up to him. And it looks like he's chosen to stop being such a bell-end. Apparently he and his friends, who compose the crew the Wild Kidz, have recently realized that they have a lot of negative attention pointed at them right now, so they've all decided to clean up their acts. Or at least get better at hiding them. For his part, Bieber reached out to former United States president Bill Clinton and apologized for saying "F--k Bill Clinton" in the recently surfaced video of Bieber peeing into a mop bucket, and it seems that President Clinton has accepted his apology. Imagine that. When normal teens screw up they don't get to talk to a former president and get some reassurance and counsel from them. Doesn't seem fair. Oh, and no word yet on whether Bieber has apologized to the janitor whose mop bucket he peed into. But I can't imagine that's going to happen any time soon. Because this kid is a dingus. [TMZ]

As the birth of Royal Baby grows ever nearer, elaborate preparations are being made. At least one birthing suite at St. Mary's hospital in London has been reserved, and it is being stocked with champagne and a special reclining chair for Prince William, and a private chef will be on hand to cook whatever the couple wants once the blessed child has been born. This will all cost thousands of pounds of course, but that's OK, I think they're probably good for it. Or at least the taxpayers of Britain are! The other exciting news about Royal Birth 2013 is that the little childling has a title already. He or she will be called His or Her Royal Highness Prince or Princess of Cambridge. Prince of Cambridge! Can you imagine. That sounds like the title of some coming-of-age story about a poor kid who winds up at Harvard. Maybe he meets a homeless man in the boiler room of the library who is the true Prince of Cambridge? I don't know, I'm just spitballing here. Anyway, this thing is happening, guys, and soon. What are they going to name this thing is what I want to know. Princess Brooklyn of Cambridge? Prince Zack of Cambridge? There are so many options. Well, actually, no there aren't. [Page Six; Us Weekly]

Here is an interesting video of Lamar Odom, who I'm told is some sort of professional player of basketed-ball and is married to a Cardassian (better than a Ferengi, I guess), trashing a paparazzo's car and throwing his stuff into the street. Then he picks up the stuff and puts it in his own car. So he was freaking out about invasive paparazzi. That happens, we've seen it a million times. What makes this video interesting is that at the very end this random woman just up and gets out of her car, leaving it in the middle of the road, and walks straight up to Odom and asks for a picture. He obliges and she has the gall to take off his hat to get a better picture of him. Then she walks away and the video ends. That's where we're at. A man is tossing paparazzo sh-t everywhere and still one of our proud citizens will abandon her car and casually walk over to the man and ask for his picture. There are no boundaries anymore! No decorum. Can't a man rage about attention without getting attention? Sad state of affairs. [TMZ]

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