Kirstie Alley slams ‘bigot’ Leah Remini, says attacking Scientology is ‘repulsive’


In case you were wondering where all of the Spanx and leopard print went, here is your answer. Kirstie Alley has been in NYC this week promoting her new TV Land show, Kirstie. I have to say… she looks good! I know that’s wrong and obviously, Kirstie has major issues, but I’m just saying… on a superficial level, she looks pretty good. That hair color is working for her, she’s keeping most of the weight off, her clothes are pretty cute. Did she get a new stylist? Anyway, she’s re-booted once again, and this is the new-and-improved Kristie, right? Right. Except the new-and-improved Kirstie still sounds the same. And she’s just as delusional as before. Kirstie did Howard Stern’s show and the quotes… the quotes are amazing. First, the cocaine stuff:

Unlike many stars, Kirstie Alley‘s days of wild drug use and partying happened long before she ever moved to Hollywood. The actress opened up about her extensive drug use as a 20-something interior designer living in Kansas in a new interview with Howard Stern.

“I didn’t do drugs until I was 25,” she explained on Stern’s show Wednesday. “I got a divorce from my husband, and I started hanging out out with this guy I was sort of madly in love with. He had already done all of his drugs, but he had a lot of druggie friends.”

“I had heard that cocaine made you peppy and happy and I was sort of depressed because I had gotten a divorce and wrecked everybody’s lives,” she revealed. “So I thought, ‘I’m gonna try this.’ I took one snort of cocaine, and I go, ‘Oh my god! I’m gonna do this every day for the rest of my life!”

Working as a high-end interior designer in Kansas, Alley said, she was living the high life. “People think there’s no drugs in Kansas,” Alley said. “Are you kidding me?! It was the relay point, I think, between East and West Coast. I didn’t do drugs in L.A. [later] at all. I did drugs only in Kansas.”

And mostly, she did cocaine. “I did a lot of cocaine,” Alley admitted. “I was crazy.”

“When I did pot, I was like ‘Oh my god, I’ll never do this again!’” she explained. “For some reason, when I did cocaine I was just like, ‘Woooo!’ It made me feel very exterior and I didn’t feel very introverted or anything.”

But before long, she could tell that her addiction was taking a toll. Alley recalled, “I had a total awareness that I was dead as a being. I could feel that I had smashed my own life force … I wasn’t funny, nutty Kirstie. I was actually insane.”

Alley eventually confessed to her parents that she was struggling to stay sober, but the two had limited knowledge of drug abuse. “I told them I was totally strung out on cocaine,” she told Stern. “They’re like, ‘What is that?’ They didn’t know what it was. And then they go, ‘Well OK. So don’t be.’”

Years later, tragically, a drunk driver would kill her mother and leave her father seriously injured. Alley admitted to Stern that the experience was particularly haunting because, she said, “Clearly I have been intoxicated while driving.”

And Stern confessed, “In high school I smoked some weed and drove. I could have killed someone …”

[From Radar]

I knew Kirstie was a cokehead back in the day, but I didn’t know it was when she was living in Kansas City (the hell?) and when she was an interior designer? This is like Designing Women meets Breaking Bad. Amazing. And of course, Kirstie brought the cocaine conversation around how Scientology saved her life and got her off drugs. And then talking about THE POWER OF XENU led, obviously, to Kirstie’s unhinged rant about The One Who Got Away, Leah Remini:

Kirstie Alley is very upset with Leah Remini and she didn’t hold back her feelings while appearing on Howard Stern’s radio show on Wednesday. The actress called her ex-friend – who left the Church Of Scientology this summer – a ‘repulsive bigot’ and her ‘enemy.’ She also revealed she’s blocked the actress from her Twitter account.

‘I think that is the most repulsive thing that a person can do is attack another person’s faith.’ When the shock jock asked if she is upset because Leah is being so vocal about Scientology, she replied, ‘First of all I just want everyone to know that I have hundreds of friends who have come into Scientology and left Scientology. You’re not shunned, you’re not chased. All that stuff’s bullis–t.’

She then said, ‘However, when you are generalizing and when your goal is to malign and to say things about an entire group … when you decide to blanket statement that Scientology is evil, you are my enemy. The truth is I don’t think I’ve seen Leah for like 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, I honestly didn’t.’

She also explained why she thinks Leah is a ‘bigot.’

‘If she was saying … Jews are evil, Jews are a cult, would they be your friend?’ she asked Stern, who is Jewish. ‘They wouldn’t be mine. …It’s not selective. I just won’t have people in my life that are that.’

[From The Mail]

She has “hundreds of friends” who have left CoS? FOR REAL? I doubt that. I mean, I doubt that she personally knows hundreds of people who have left CoS and haven’t been shunned, chased, followed and maligned. Just like she’s maligning Leah. As for the “bigot” stuff… that’s a classic CoS tactic. Whenever anyone questions anything about CoS – WHERE’S SHELLEY?! – Scientologists call it “bigotry”.



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  1. blue marie says:

    Shes does look good but has a raging case of crazy that she might want to get looked at.

  2. mj says:

    1) Kirstie Alley has hundreds of friends? lol
    2) She smoked weed and drove so she could have killed someone? lol. I mean technically any time you’re operating a motor vehicle you ~could~ kill someone. This reminds me of that stupid commercial with a bunch of high teenagers not realizing they’d run over someone. It was ridiculous–can’t find the link now. I don’t even smoke, but the war against marijuana in America is ludicrous.

    • Lucinda says:

      Actually she was using cocaine and driving. It’s Stern who was saying he used pot and drove. Anything that impairs your judgement is dangerous. Although most people don’t realize fatigue is the most common factor in accidents because no one asks “how much sleep have you gotten”.

      • mj says:

        My bad re: it was Stern. But, still, lol. You could kill someone because you’re exhausted–you’re right. A friend of mine nodded off while taking friends home from a concert. One person in that accident lost a leg; another was in a coma for a year. I am way more concerned about people I love driving while exhausted than driving after they’ve had a little weed.

      • Meredith says:

        @ MJ : I would be concerned about people driving when their ability to drive and their awareness of their surroundings was impaired by ANYTHING. Lack of sleep, drugs of any kind, alcohol. If it makes your thinking foggy, it creates a risk to everyone.

    • Wren33 says:

      She was referring to being on cocaine. But, yeah, being high on pot can also impair your driving. It doesn’t exactly improve your driving skills.

      • mj says:

        Actually, on mild amounts, when I was a teenager, I was a better driver. I was more cautious and less likely to jump the gun. I’m not defending my admittedly stupid decision to drive under the influence of anything. But it’s just as bad as driving well fatigued (as Lucinda said), driving while super angry, driving while crying… I’m so glad I live in a city where driving isn’t necessary.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Mj, believe me, you were not a “better driver” because you smoked pot. That’s just ridiculous. Statements like yours only serve to fuel the arguments against legalizing pot. You should never drive when impaired by anything, period.

      I’m glad you live in a city where driving isn’t necessary, too.

      • Rosalie says:

        OMG MJ you sound like every arrogant 18 year old college boy I ever knew. You thought you were a better driver when you were high because you were high, just like when I am high I think my painting is awesome or that I can actually sing, lol. I’m an avid pot smoker and believe it should be legal but it is NOT ok to smoke and drive. You are just full of yourself and it’s people like you that give weed a bad name.

  3. Thiajoka says:

    Just dealing with her look in the first picture, she looks great–hair, jewelry, dress is great on her, great color for her–but I would’ve gone with black tights, not the purple. Too much purple. Other than that, she’s a shrill shill.

    Oh, and those shoes are to die for.

  4. eliza says:

    Kirstie, your cloven hooves are showing.

  5. yeahright says:

    She wasn’t attacking anyone for being a scientologist Kirstie, you can’t just default to the whole “don’t attack me for my faith” route.

  6. Kaye says:

    She was living in Wichita, I believe, rather than Kansas City.

  7. lovegossip says:

    So if she knows hundreds of people (yeah right) that have left COS, what does that say about COS? That’s a lot of people for ONE person to personally know that left a “religion”. Lol Must be a bad “religion” for that many people…… :-D Not much of an endorsement there Kirstie.

    • LadySlippers says:

      My guess is that hundreds (if not more) people have, indeed, left CoS and not been shunned. The caveat is — they didn’t leave knowing a ton of highly classified information. It’s the people that are high ranking/ highly publicized that are shunned because they have the power to really hurt CoS with that classified info.

      So, if we split hairs here, Kirstie probably is telling the truth. But only sort of and after we’ve split the hair down to the atomic level.

      Kirstie, I’m so sorry but if I’m splitting the hair down to an atomic level to find truth, I’ve decided that it probably ain’t the truth. Furthermore, you ‘defend’ your beliefs by attacking others. That’s horribly hypocritical of you. And worse, you make Leah, and all the other defectors, look better without her /them needing to open her/their mouth.

      Dear CoS:

      Reign in your fanatic Beliebers. You are not doing yourselves any favours by letting your poster children run off at the mouth. In fact, it does indeed support the thought that you all are, in fact, from outer space. But NOT in the way you think you are. Just in the way *we* think you are and, trust me, it is not the same place.


      • lovegossipbutnotL&E says:

        I’m sure that many have left. I was being snarky. ;-)

      • LadySlippers says:

        No worries! :-)

        Plenty of snark in the 2nd half of my comment.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Excellent assessment LadySlippers!
        I think if CoS want people to stop talking about them negatively, then they need to tell ALL of their members to STFU and just worship in revered silence. Banging on about it is just opening them up for attention and ridicule. I try not to be judgmental about people’s beliefs as it takes all kinds to make the world go around, but jeepers its hard not to judge when so much rubbish is being bantered about.
        There’s a lot to be said for the Tibetan monks that practice in total silence! (oh, just realized the irony of that last sentence!) :o )

      • LadySlippers says:

        Bring on the irony!


  8. MollyB says:

    It’s not bigoted to call a cult a cult or to criticize the practices of individual religions. I’m Catholic and I don’t even think it’s bigoted to criticize my religion–there’s plenty to criticize! LOL at the notion that KA is some religious freedom-fighter.

    • sputnik says:

      criticising an organisation and their actions isn’t the same as criticising someone’s faith. kirstie alley is talking some nonsense here.

      • Meredith says:

        And criticizing an organization and its actions – even if you are a member – is a pretty normal part of the democratic process.

      • gg says:

        As is calling out a crime ridden, grafting organization that brainwashes and kidnaps and hides people for what it is.

      • mayamae says:

        Every time this subject comes up, Kirstie brings up the Jewish faith. I almost wonder if she’s hiding a little Anti-Semitism.

  9. Amberica says:

    She does look good. CO$ finally cured the Twinkie addiction too?

  10. putchka says:

    This chick is bonkers. Surprised Howard didn’t ask why Tom hasn’t seen Suri lately?

    • MrsBPitt says:

      That would have been awesome….or if Travolta has a new boyfriend….C’mon, Howard, you missed a golden opportunity!

      • Decloo says:

        Even Howard Stern is scared of CO$.

      • Petee says:

        To MrsBPitt.I heard bits and pieces from that interview.I think Howard just wanted to keep her calm and get something out of her.To tell you the truth I think she was calm, for her because as most people are, to go on Howard Stern.You really don’t know what he will say or do.She came off okay until the Scientology thing came up and then you got a glimpse of what she is really like.I just can not believe how much this controls her life.How can anyone let something control them is beyond me.I did check out her new show just because of Howard.It was just okay.I won’t be tuning in.Kirstie is crazy.

  11. doofus says:

    ugly, ugly woman, inside and out.

    • emmie_a says:

      I used to think she was attractive but there is something about finding out how ugly someone is on the inside that makes it bleed to the outside. And I used to like her as an actress but just like with Kelsey Grammer and Tom Cruise, the more she opens her mouth, the less I like her acting.

  12. Rhiley says:

    She looks like that chick from the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

  13. Talie says:

    I advise all of you to spend some time later listening to this interview on Youtube… it is AMAZING. Long but amazing. I was laughing my ass off. I’ll say this for her, she is wildly entertaining.

  14. GirlyGirl says:

    “Attacking a honey baked Ham? less repulsive” Kirstie added.

  15. teehee says:

    Ummmmm “repulsive”? It’s called having an opinion about something. Not sure when that was so wrong…. except where institutions want to prohibit free thinking…

  16. gg says:

    Shut it, Cankula.

  17. Launicaangelina says:

    She totally needs to STFU. I used to like her but she’s so effin brainwashed, it’s pitiful and disgusting. Her cult is dangerous but I don’t know if she’ll ever see that and get out.

  18. christina says:

    The best part is her saying “You’re not shunned, you’re not chased” when Tom Crusie admitted that you are shunned when you leave the cult in his testimony.

    • gg says:

      I guess she’s completely unaware of the many YouTube videos of the Squirrel Busters in action, in full harassment mode camped out at the front doors of defectors’ homes. Google, Kirsty, they’re not actors.

      • Tara says:

        If $cilons get to watch YouTube at all, I think they have to wear $cientology goggles… To keep out the “hearsay, entheta and bitter, defrocked apostasy.”

  19. BeckyR says:

    She has the ugliest legs ever…needs to wear pants. My eyes are burning.

  20. Penelope says:

    One statement piece of leopard print would have been fine. Two clashing pieces? Fail. She looks good in the purple dress, though.

    Also, I generally like her but she’s always struck me as someone to whom lying/embellishing/exaggerating comes very easily.

  21. klue says:

    Big Ang long lost sister.

  22. Beth says:

    This weird lady has been invading my television lately and I’m really sick of it.

  23. Marcell says:

    Being a native Kansan I have to say Kristie Alley is not from Kansas City, she’s from
    Wichita. She was doing drugs in Wichita. Not Kansas City. KC isn’t even in Kansas, most of the city lies in Missouri. The city we are both from (Wichita) is actually the largest, most populous city in the state.

    Fun fact: Kristie and I graduated from the same high school: Southeast High (go Buffs!) Albeit admittedly I graduated a great deal of time after her.. :)

  24. Emily C. says:

    Her show is going to fail hard, and she deserves it. She’s an outspoken advocate for a cult founded by a misogynistic, racist, homophobic, anti-science, anti-love, anti-humanity con man. It’s perfectly valid to criticize religion; something you believe in isn’t magically immune from criticism just because it involves a belief in the supernatural. And Scientology is an extraordinarily stupid “religion” on every level.

    • Meredith says:

      Kristie is making the Tom Cruise mistake. If you keep talking about your “religion” or anything else not related to your actual job of acting, the talking starts to overshadow your work and the talking is all people see when you are up on the screen. And that’s not entertaining. Whenever I see articles about Tom Cruise movies, all I can do is laugh and say “oh, there’s crazy Tom Cruise again”. I can’t take him seriously as an actor anymore. His personal life overshadows any role he has in any movie.

    • Lady says:

      Scientology is anti-science?

  25. Dimebox says:

    Well, that’s fine, because I find Kirstie’s attack on Remini repulsive. As for Leah calling out Co$ for their even more repulsive practices, that’s always good. I don’t think that anyone is a bigot who sheds light on this shady organization that was dreamed up by a failed science fiction writer. I will flat laugh at anyone who believes in Xenu, Thetans, and Hubbard’s other fantasies.

    • Nina W says:

      Hubbard never wanted this, he never believed all the crap he made up and publicly recanted all of it but the COS likes to pretend that never happened.

  26. Kiddo says:

    A few things. Who calls someone else their enemy? It sounds so cartoonish. I see a villain with a handlebar moustache, feverishly twirling the ends with fingers, or diabolically rubbing his hands together like a fiend. Secondly, I had stopped thinking about Leah, so now, since this was brought up, I’m remembering all the negative things she said about CoS. Lastly, with all of the turmoil, tragedy and addiction she suffered, it’s clearer why she would be drawn into and remain with CoS. She was at her most vulnerable and no doubt completely credits it for the reversal in her life. The placebo effect can be powerful. Reinforcement of the placebo effect by others solidifies it.

    • MonicaQ says:

      I called a girl in Marching Band my enemy…when I was 15. Harpo, how old dis woman? Jeez.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Kiddo, You nailed it in the head in regards to the placebo effect.

      *bows in reverence to the placebo*

      Not really. I can’t wrap my head around the space alien crap and all the other fictional stuff you think is dogma.


      *stands up and walks away*

      • Kiddo says:

        “and all the other fictional stuff you think is dogma.”

        That I think is dogma? I was talking about placebos. And then reinforcement of the efficacy of the placebo by peers. Really, if she stopped doing drugs, she had support and willpower. I don’t think it was due to some form of magic, but apparently she does. She was pulled in at a low point. If she believes it, she’s probably afraid to lose the magic.

        That kind of thing happens all the time with people “finding God” in some form or another after overcoming addiction. I have no problem with anyone’s belief system, even if it’s not my own. I just don’t appreciate abuses and coercion from any form of religion, or what ever you want to call it.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Sorry Kiddo — that ‘you’ was directed at CoS not at you. Super, super sorry for the confusion!!!!

        I totally agree and understand in regards to the placebo effect.

      • Kiddo says:

        Hmm, now I have an enemy (rubs hands together fiendishly and yells, “Curtains for you”).

        Just kidding, no need for super sorrys, I was confused is all.

      • LadySlippers says:

        When I reread my comment after seeing your comment I realized I wasn’t as clear as I thought I was!

        I apologized (a lot) as some people can really take a comment in completely the wrong way and I *rarely* am aiming to diss someone. I just wanted to make sure. Phew! :-)

        As for the placebo effect — most people do not realize just how damn powerful that is. And my guess is when Tom isn’t making a lot of sense it might be his severe dyslexia that CoS ‘supposedly’ cured rearing it’s ugly head (I’d love to see them require the brain!). Or another brain issue (ADHD or mental illness) that CoS swears isn’t real.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Rewire* not require.


  27. lucy2 says:

    She actually does look good, and good for her for staying in shape.

    She’s so clueless and brainwashed about the whole CO$ situation though. I’d feel bad for her if she weren’t so mean.
    Also, she’s saying she never did drugs in LA, but CO$ “saved” her. So does that mean she got into CO$ back in Kansas? Seems odd.

  28. Izzy says:

    The only repulsive things here are 1) $cientology, and 2) Kirstie Alley, for blindly defending them and adhering to their slave-making principles.

  29. buzz says:

    Lord, Kirstie. Please shut up. Obnoxious jerk.

  30. Irishserra says:

    How in the hell does she justify comparing Jews and CO$ members? What a stretch!

  31. madchen says:

    Dear Kirstie,

    The Jews are hereby establishing a 6-month moratorium on using us as an example for other individuals’ limited world views. After Miley and Kanye’s recent comments, we deserve a break.

    Many thanks,
    A member of the Tribe

    • LadySlippers says:

      As another Member of the Tribe, I second Madchen’s motion. Thanks Madchen this is a great idea.

      (Pssssst Madchen — please make sure that ALL offenders and possible offenders are aware of the moratorium. Also please include a renewal clause of some sort that if they screw up the moratorium resets. Something. Anything to get a break)

  32. Nic says:

    The first part of the interview is great! Seriously good gossipy read! I bet she’s fun as a friend. Of course the rest is awful and she’s awful. People are so complex… and awful. I hope she comes around. THAT would be epic.

  33. Kerrboom says:

    So I was scanning my DVR last night and saw her new show on it. I asked my husband about it, and he said he recorded it because Michael Richards is in it (he’s a huge Seinfeld fan). I then deleted the show. He got a little upset, asking why I did that, and I told him that our home will not give ratings, attention, whatever to anything that involves Scientology or a Scientologist. Some people may think that’s petty or crazy, but I honestly don’t care. I’ve read many horror stories about the Co$ and I will not support them, or anyone involved with them, in any way whatsoever. They’ve committed serious human rights violations (among many other things) and I’m just not comfortable with that morally, or as a human being.

    Kirstie and other celebs praise Scientology like it’s the best thing ever but I have to believe they do so because they’re unaware of the atrocities their beloved “church” has committed. But if celebs ARE aware of them and still support the Co$ then they’re awful human beings and karma will catch up with them.

    • Nina W says:

      Well count me as someone who finds that petty and crazy. You’re also punishing all the people who work with her and a network, none of whom represent the CoS. I can understand a personal boycott but why should you decide for your husband? Also why this particular group of nut jobs? You have no problem with the Catholics, for example, who have real crimes against children that can be brought to their church door? I think it’s wrong to target a group you know nothing but tabloid nonsense about. How do you know they’re “awful” human beings? I don’t go for group-think but I will also never participate in a witch hunt of their followers.

    • Tara says:

      I don’t think it’s petty or crazy at all. Plenty of people vote with their dollars or feet. I also am not into supporting anything as duplicitous and malicious as the CO$ cult. Their ongoing human rights abuses are well documented. Plus, they’re a completely profit-focused organization that successfully harassed the irs into a tax exempt status as a religion, which means they’re cheating the American public out of massive amounts of tax dollars. Can you think of another religion that will sue and harass you for studying their doctrine on your own?

  34. AG says:

    I highly doubt that this brainwashed bigot was living the high life in Kansas. As a high-end interior decorator. While doing mountains of coke. Stop with the propaganda of how Co$ saved your life, Kristie.

  35. liliwoman says:

    Please Kirstie. Just be quiet. You sound ridiculous. EVERYONE knows you’re shunned if you leave SOC. Everyone! There’s so much evidence, you can’t just keep saying it’s not true.
    Also, her SPANX are under extreme pressure. She must be SO uncomfortable. She probably doesn’t leave the house without two pairs on. Clearly she Is wrapped up tight. She isn’t near as ‘small’ as she looks. Although, I must admit her arms look good.

    • RN says:

      She’s packing at least 175 lbs on a 5’9″ frame. She’s still overweight. I don’t usually talk about someone’s weight but I can’t stand this lying liar.

  36. mal23 says:

    Am I crazy? I don’t think she looks good. Her hair is sooo blond and she her clothes are sooo tight. Maybe I just see the ugly inside coming out. Or maybe she just looks good, for her? I don’t see it!

  37. JK says:

    I didn’t know Scientology was still around. I thought Kirstie ate it.

  38. Maureen says:

    This is not surprising. Cultists never can wrap their heads around someone criticizing their cult. The person who criticizes is ALWAYS wrong and must be demonized. Such is the nature of brainwashing.

  39. Green Eyes says:

    Kirstie is from Wichita, Ks not KC. YES huge drug problem there about time she lived there & thru the 90′s it went from Coke to Meth. We get a lot of huge drug busts in this state due to the highway that she is referencing, especially near Wichita & right past the Colorado border when they enter Ks.

  40. Anon says:

    I thought she was a Wichita girl. ..and yes, plenty of drugs in Kansas. Too much drugs everywhere now. You can always see cars/trucks pulled over on I-35 or I-70 getting searched for drugs throughout Kansas.
    Sorry, didn’t see Green Eyes’ post–must have been a fellow Kansan at some point.

  41. Amanda Huggenkiss says:

    A porcine putz in pumps, nothing more.

  42. JudyK says:

    Kirstie is 62? Hmmm. She was 62 when she was on Dancing with the Stars…wasn’t that 3 years ago? I want a Birth Certificate like she and Kris Jenner have.

  43. Jenn says:

    Kirstie says what she thinks, and I respect her for it, Pedo-Polanski..she, unlike other Hollywood suck ups was against him. She should be ok with Leah expressing her opinions as well.

    Of course, Kirstie is nuts.

  44. Blackbetty says:

    This woman is still famous, why? Why doesn’t an interviewer question her on her COS and their backhand dealings?

  45. John says:

    God, I really *want* to like her– she’s brash, she’s self-effacing, she’s irreverent, she can be funny as hell, but that Scientolocuntness entirely negates her potential coolness.

    • Santolina says:

      Ditto! I admire all those bold, “in your face” traits. Too bad she’s in a cult and is doing damage to others the cult’s name. She needs to be deprogrammed.

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