Leah Remini has been extremely vocal with her criticism of the church of Scientology in both her best-selling book Troublemaker and A&E docu-series Scientology and the Aftermath since she broke away from the controversial religion. And now, she has revealed in an emotional post on Instagram that their broken relationship led to her and her sister having “no idea” that their dad George Anthony Remini died a month ago after getting sick.
The 49-year-old wrote on social media that a stranger had contacted her sister Nicole to pass on their condolences for the passing of their father. Remini says that neither she nor her sister knew that their dad had gotten sick, and a funeral came and went without anyone telling them anything about it.
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On Friday, I received a message from my sister Nicole, who had been contacted by a stranger passing on his condolences for the passing of our father, George Anthony Remini. We had no idea that he had died a month ago. We weren’t aware that he had been sick leading up to his death. A funeral came and went and none of us knew anything about it. We were not able to say goodbye. He was not able to redeem himself, to ask for forgiveness for his failures and hurts, to become a better man to those of us who couldn’t help but love him. If you read my book, you’ll know my father and I had a difficult relationship, but I always forgave him with a daughter’s painfully endless love and hope. Regardless of his neglect and abuse, I had hoped to one day have some closure. I hoped for him to acknowledge who he had been and what he had done to us as his children. That alone would have been healing in its own way. We never got that, yet I can’t help but grieve. I am angry at myself for crying for someone who didn’t ever cry for me. I am angry that I still wanted this man’s love, I’m angry that the last chapter in our relationship was dictated by Scientology. Scientology took my dad in as a pawn against me and likely robbed him of any last ounce of heart that might have been left in him. I’m angry that Scientology found his personal weak spots and got him on board not with their beliefs but with their smear campaign against me. That was his last presence in my life. Knowing my father, after taking the offer from Scientology to betray me, he wouldn’t have thought that he could ever come back from that in our relationship. If he thought that, though, he would have been wrong. I would have forgiven him as I always did. The little girls inside of my sisters and me will never forgive Scientology for taking away our last chance to have the one thing we always wanted from our father… And that was for him to say “I’m sorry and I loved you.”
Remini posted a series of old family photos, and she made it clear that she was sad that she didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to her dad even though they had an extremely complicated relationship.
“If you read my book, you’ll know my father and I had a difficult relationship, but I always forgave him with a daughter’s painfully endless love and hope. Regardless of his neglect and abuse, I had hoped to one day have some closure. I hoped for him to acknowledge who he had been and what he had done to us as his children. That alone would have been healing in its own way. We never got that, yet I can’t help but grieve,” wrote Remini.
Remini has said in the past that her real dad was physically and mentally abusive to her and her sisters, and he left his wife and daughters with no care or child support. In her book, she also accused George of selling cocaine and revealed that he served time at Rikers Island.
Before his death, George accused his daughter of being a hypocrite and attempted to discredit her A&E series about Scientology.
Remini wrote in her post that she is angry at herself for crying for someone who never cried for her, and she is angry that she still wanted his love. She is also angry that Scientology dictated the last chapter in their relationship. The former King of Queens star said that Scientology took her dad in as a pawn against her, and most likely robbed him of the last ounce of heart that he had left.
Remini accused Scientology of finding her dad’s personal weak spots and getting him on board with a smear campaign against her. She says that the last image she ever saw of her dad alive was when he participated in a video that attempted to discredit her, but she says she would have forgiven him like she always did.
Leah Remini says that Scientology took away her and her sister’s chance to have the one thing they always wanted from their dad – for him to say “I’m sorry and I love you.”