I am no longer to be spoken with, and sorry, but it is what it is,” he said on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. I don’t really believe in science fiction, but whatever,” he said. The story was quickly picked up by celebrity media, which has generally got things right: Alley is still livid about Remini’s defection, and like other Scientologists who have “disconnected” from Remini, Alley is cutting off ties not only with the King of Queens actress but also people around her.
And then he made it even more plain that the dispute was based on Alley’s fervent connection to Scientology. And that not only includes Chmerkovskiy, our sources tell us, but another TV dancer who had been an important part of Alley’s life. On Monday, July 8, 2013, we broke the news that Leah Remini had left the Church of Scientology.
(Currently, he’s competing in So You Think You Can Dance.) Now, we’re told, Kirstie has cut Onik out of her life just like she has Chmerkovskiy. Because on May 20, Onik tweeted this photo from his Instagram account…
Because of their association with Remini, Onik and Chmerkovskiy have been pushed away by Alley.
Chmerkovskiy implied that Kirstie had ended their friendship because of his association with Leah Remini, who left Scientology last year and has been pretty public about it.
“I got a message now that I am associating with other people that she can’t be associated with.
Her disillusion with the organization had begun in 2006 at the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and had grown over the years until the fall of 2012 and a meeting with Scientology leader David Miscavige.
But he was enough of a presence in her life to deserve his own chapter in her book.
Alley denied that the tweet was aimed at Leah, but she’s done little since then to indicate that she hasn’t taken Remini’s defection very personally.
In December, she made an appearance on the Howard Stern radio show and slammed Leah, calling her a “bigot.” “When you decide to blanket statement that Scientology is evil, you are my enemy,” she said.
In 2012, Alley published The Art of Men: I Prefer Mine Al Dente, a memoir about her relationship history, with the important men in her life each getting their own chapter.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy gets his own chapter, “The Art of Maks.” In 2011, Alley had been paired with him during her first appearance on the show, and she admits in her book that she became infatuated with him.