Consider the following a further reminder that so long as A&E considers to put incredibly controversial programming on the air, they are going to have a hard time winning everyone over.
Over the past week, the network made the decision to cancel a documentaries that was planned about people trying to escape the Ku Klux Klan — it initially received backlash over the name “Generation KKK” (which was later changed), and it made the move to cancel after it was revealed that some participants who were Klan members on the series may have been compensated for appearing.
So what’s the issue now? Well, the Church of Scientology is now upset about the network continuing to air “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” saying that they are not following their own rules. Per TMZ, here is part of what a lawyer had to say to them in a letter:
“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.”
However, a source for the network claimed to the contrary, telling the site that this is a different situation given that Remini is not a “part of a hate group” and therefore they do not see the same issue compensating her and others associated with the show for bringing their own claims to air.
Earlier this week, Remini told “Larry King Now” that Scientology could easily sue her if they found any of the things that she was saying on the show to be untrue, but they had yet to do so in any capacity. (Photo: A&E.)