Leah Remini: Scientology Split Meant Loss of Friends

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Leah Remini opened up about her split from Scientology on the season premiere of Ellen, saying she's "OK" since leaving the controversial faith this summer.

Not that her break from the church was without consequence.

"We lost friends who can no longer talk to us who are still in the organization," Leah Remini said, noting that current members can't talk to ex-members.

"But we have other friends, who are not in the church, who have stood by us and that's all we can ask for," Remini added, and Ellen said she's one of them.

Asked why she left, Remini's answer was similar to but less revealing than past explanations she's given, saying her mom got her into it when she was young.

"It's all we really knew. But over time, my eyes got opened and I could just no longer be affiliated with the organization, and my family felt the same, so we left."

The actress' departure was allegedly caused by treatment she received after asking questions about Shelly Miscavige, the wife of the church's leader.

Leah filed a missing persons report after inquiring about David Miscaviage's wife and being rebuffed; police later spoke with her and closed the case.

In any event, she's moving on ... to the ballroom.

Remini also talked about the painful process of preparing for her upcoming stint on Dancing With the Stars, which she said she began a week prior to the interview.

She said she's hurting "everywhere," including "places I didn't know could hurt. ... It's so much harder than I thought, and most people do say that, but it's true."

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