Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the actress’ A&E exposé into the controversial religion she defected from, has been renewed for a second 10-episode season.
“It became clear to us that although we were telling painful stories of former members of the Church of Scientology, this show was resonating strongly with people everywhere,” Remini said in a statement Wednesday. “The show is really about standing up for what is right and not letting bullies have their way. I feel it is important for people to know that you can take action to bring about change, both for yourself and for others.”
Scientology and the Aftermath follows Remini and other former high level Scientologists as they adjust to life outside the church, as well as share ex-members’ accounts of the alleged abuse they suffered as Scientologists and the harassment they faced after leaving.
The series sparked a criminal investigation into That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson after a trio of women, inspired by Remini, came forward with sexual assault accusations against the actor and church member.
“Our intention is to send a clear message to abusers that they will not go unchecked and will not be permitted to continue harming people without being questioned and challenged,” Remini continued.
“We have been deluged with messages from those who have stories to tell who feel the show is a forum where their voices can be heard. We have been overwhelmed with support from well-wishers and fans of the show from around the world. But most importantly we felt compelled to proceed with another season to continue to reveal truths and seek justice for all victims.”
In a statement, the Church of Scientology called the show “nothing more than a scripted, rehearsed, acted and dramatized work of fiction.”