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!
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:
“Church of Scientology understands that two on-air accusers/participants in Leah Remini’s docuseries, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, received substantial cash payments for their participation, in violation of the same standards.”
“It is hypocritical for A&E to proclaim its intent to ‘expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms’ in cancelling the KKK show and at the same time promote Leah Remini’s program which promotes hatred that A&E claims that it wants to stop.”
Well, Leah doesn’t have a history of racism and murder, so… not really seeing the connection…
But at least she finally got her wish of having the Church get involved legally!
Luckily, a source close to production pretty much ignored Gary’s claims in a statement to Variety later the same day, saying:
“We’re talking about payments made to hate group members versus payment to Leah, the EP of the show. It’s a different animal. It’s apples and oranges.”
Yes, no one was upset about random people getting money for appearing on camera and documentary journalism ethics — they were pissed KKK members were getting paid to tell their story on a reality TV show.
We’re just surprised the Church had the audacity to call Leah the suppressive person in this instance.
Do U think Generation KKK deserved the same chance Leah Remini got??