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Leah Remini Claims She Was Pressured To Recruit Kevin James Into Scientology During Their King Of Queens Days!

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Back when she was a devout Scientologist, Leah Remini was expected to get other celebs to join the religion.

One actor she refused to recruit, however, was her sitcom partner-in-crime Kevin James — even though the church allegedly asked her to!

Related: Leah Comes After 'Diabolical' Tom Cruise In Reddit AMA!

In a new interview, the actress claimed she was pressured to talk to her King of Queens costar about joining the controversial religion, but felt uncomfortable with trying to convert his beliefs.

She explained to People:

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Leah Remini Comes After 'Diabolical' Tom Cruise & Scientology In Reddit AMA!

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Leah Remini is taking no prisoners in her war against Scientology.

That includes the religion's most famous member, Tom Cruise, who the reality star declared was "diabolical" in a recent Reddit AMA!

Remini took to the website this week to promote the second season of her acclaimed docu-series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath — and delivered an epically blunt response when the movie star came up.

Related: Leah Hopes Her Docuseries Sparks Federal Investigation Into Scientology

When a redditor asked if the Kevin Can Wait actress thought that Cruise, a Scientologist since 1990, was a "good person," she wrote:

"No! Just going to get straight to it, no! There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there's the person behind the mask who is a completely different person."

The A&E star admitted that while everyone has a public persona, The Mummy star is straight up "diabolical" behind the scenes, continuing:

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Leah Remini Hopes Season Two Of Her Anti-Scientology Docuseries Sparks A Federal Investigation Into The Faith

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Leah Remini isn't messing around when it comes to her war against Scientology.

While the industry vet has her plate full with her new full-time gig on CBS' Kevin Can Wait, Leah is more determined than ever to take down her former faith.

In fact, the 47-year-old hopes her A&E docuseries, titled Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, will spark a federal investigation into the controversial Church.

Related: Leah Talks Kevin Can Wait Casting Shakeup!

As you likely know, through Aftermath Remini has profiled numerous ex-Scientologists who've been allegedly mistreated and targeted by the Church. On her series' recent Emmy nomination, the TV actress said she hopes to win in honor of the brave souls who've come forward to tell their stories.

She explained to The Hollywood Reporter:

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Former Scientology Member Shares HEARTBREAKING Story About His Destroyed Relationship With Twin Brother On Scientology And The Aftermath!

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Every week, Leah Remini somehow finds a way to shock us on her docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath, and Tuesday night's episode was no different!

Related: Church Of Scientology Furious At 'Hypocritical' A&E For Canceling Generation KKK!

The last two weeks, we've seen interviews with David Miscavige's father and heard a FRIGHTENING story about the Church forcing abortions.

But last night, we got to hear the heartbreaking story of a man whose relationship with his twin, Collin, was absolutely DESTROYED because of the church's practice of "disconnection" in which people who leave the group are cut off.

Aaron Smith-Levin, a 29-year member of the organization, sat down with the former King of Queens star despite his wife refusing to do so. Aaron's wife's parents are still Scientologists who refuse to see their grandkids — WHO LIVE ACROSS THE STREET! So it's pretty understandable the mother wouldn't want to damage the already strained relationship.

Related: Leah Challenges The Church Of Scientology AGAIN To Sue Her!

In speaking with Leah, Smith-Levin admitted that when he was younger and learned the cult religious group became tax-exempt and "won the war" against the IRS, he got involved with them to try and become an auditor.

The former Scientologist explained parishioners are hooked up to a type of lie detector and auditors interrogate them! YIKES!

What's WILD is Aaron dished that he and Collin would

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Church Of Scientology Furious At 'Hypocritical' A&E For Canceling Generation KKK But Not Leah Remini's Aftermath!

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The aftermath has officially begun.

A&E currently has a hit on its hands thanks to Leah Remini's Scientology and the Aftermath, but their failed followup Generation KKK is still causing them problems… even from beyond the grave!

The docuseries about the Ku Klux Klan was canceled on Saturday — just a day after it was renamed to the more palatable (and explanatory) Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America.

But even stopping the show from airing is getting them in trouble — because the Church of Scientology is now using the cancellation to call out A&E's hypocrisy!

Photo: Leah Escaped… But These Celebs Are Still Scientologists!

In a letter sent to the network obtained by TMZ on Wednesday, Scientology lawyer Gary Soter questioned why Leah's show is allowed to air despite breaking the same rules that got KKK cancelled, saying:

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Leah Remini Challenges The Church Of Scientology AGAIN To Sue Her — Find Out Why She's Sure They Won't!

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She ain't backing down!

As you've surely seen by now, Leah Remini has become the queen of cable after giving A&E its best ratings in nearly two years thanks to her docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath.

Tuesday night marks the halfway point of the revolutionary reality show, but the actress-turned-activist has been plenty busy promoting the series already this week!

Photo: Leah Escaped… But These Celebs Are Still Scientologists!

In fact, Leah actually stopped by Larry King Now right before the holidays over the weekend to chat about all things Scientology… where she promptly challenged the "church" to sue her for a second time!

After imploring the organization to sue her for slander on Dr. Oz earlier this month, it seems the King of Queens star is still plenty confident they'd have no case.

When Larry asked Leah if she had any response to the church's claims that her Aftermath participants are proven "liars," she called them on their bluff, saying:

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Leah Remini Gives Viewers A Crash Course In Scientology For Aftermath's Most Educational Episode Yet!

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Scientology 101.

With each passing episode of Scientology and the Aftermath, we continue to be surprised by just how far the grasp of Scientology can actually reach.

Luckily, Leah Remini is just about the perfect teacher… because she spent the third episode of her A&E docuseries explaining key words and other terms to viewers!

Related: John Travolta Doesn't 'Buy Into' Leah's Scientology Series…

Tuesday night's episode introduced us to Mary — a "suppressive person" who managed to reach OT VIII (the highest level) before literally running away from the "Church."

But as heartbreaking as her story was, this newest hour was all about Leah and copresenter Mike Rinder teaching Scientology terminology to those of us who don't know much past Sea Org.

For starters, you probably know that Leah is now an SP after exiting the "religion" back in 2013, but you may not know that she was OT V on "The Bridge" before quitting. Basically, that means

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