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Leah Remini opens up about exit from Scientology

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Leah Remini admits Scientology split isn't easy

Leah Remini has been busy this week promoting her new reality show, Leah Remini: It's All Relative. With each interview, she's had to address the pink elephant in the room: the Church of Scientology.

The 44-year-old actress has been surprisingly candid about her exit from the religion and admitting that it is still "not easy as time goes on." Remini talked about her split with the church on Good Morning America on Thursday.

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The first episode of her show involved throwing a party to thank her friends for sticking by her during her dramatic departure from the religion.

She shared, "You look through your phone [and] you're like, 'Oh I can't call this person. But you know, as we were in that time of loss and grief, still sad we lost our friends, we also have to look at what we do have. We have great family. We have great friends still in our lives. And we should start celebrating what we have, and that's why we had the party."

The one thing that has perplexed her is how the public reacted to her split and why people focus so much on the curious aspects of Scientology.

"It's something you're raised in," she explained. "You're in it, so you don't see what… what do you want to know? I have a lot of friends that ask, 'Oh, I've wanted to ask,' and I'm like, 'What do you want to know?' You're so in it that you don't really see the fascination."

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However, her reasons for leaving sparked a lot of interest given the former Dancing With the Stars contestant allegedly asked the whereabouts of Scientology head David Miscavige's wife, Shelly. She hadn't been seen in public in years.

Remini told People in July 2013, "I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about."

She's always been a straight shooter.

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