Jada Pinkett Smith and Leah Remini have finally settled their years-long feud after a candid discussion of their public squabble over Scientology.
Entertainment Tonight reports that the trouble all started when Leah included Jada and Will Smith in an anecdote she shared in her 2015 tell-all, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. In the book, Leah recounted how Tom Cruise asked friends at his Los Angeles home to play an odd game of “adult hide and seek.”
When asked about the weird story during an interview on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Jada downplayed what happened, explaining it was just a way for the adults to goof off with their children present, and she insinuated that Leah made it out to be stranger and more troubling than it actually was. Leah responded by publicly claiming that Jada was a Scientologist during a September 2017 interview with the Daily Beast. Jada denied the accusation in a tweet.
On a recent episode of Jada’s Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk, Jada and Leah had a discussion about the feud, eventually hashing out their differences and reconciling. Leah first apologized for jumping to conclusions about Jada and explained that she believed Jada was employing a common Scientology tactic to discredit and destroy Leah.
“What we’re taught is to act a certain way around other celebrities. And when the thing happened on Bravo, I was floored. I was really, really like, ‘Wow. Jada’s — not only is she in Scientology but now they sent Jada out,'” Leah recalled. “Scientology has policies called ‘Fair Game’ — and that’s to discredit and attack anyone who’s speaking out against the abuses of Scientology. I was like, oh my God. She’s even more in than I had thought. And I was wrong.”
Jada then offered up her own apology and clarified her stance on Scientology by explaining that while she is not a Scientologist, she did take some classes.
“I want to apologize to you, because I never — just so you know — I wasn’t Fair Gaming you on Andy Cohen. I wasn’t Fair Gaming you. This was just a big a** misunderstanding because you saw me at the Scientology Center,” Jada said. “Will and I are always being accused of being Scientologists, being this, and being that…. I love religion, because I grew up in the Ethical Society. So my grandmother was like, ‘You’re gonna learn all the religions, and then you gotta decide which one you wanna practice.'”
“So, for me, all religions have been my home,” Jada continued. “Which is why I didn’t have a problem going to the Church of Scientology and saying, ‘I’m not a Scientologist. I want to just be here and see what you have to offer,’ because that was my life. That’s what I’m used to. But I totally see with, in your shoes, your reality, how you could see me the way that you did.”
It certainly does sound like this was all a big misunderstanding. Kudos to Jada and Leah for confronting it head-on and resolving the situation publicly and in a mature way. You don’t normally see that outcome with many celebrity feuds!
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