Jason Lee confirms that he has quit Scientology. The ‘My Name Is Earl’ star has relocated to Denton, Texas last year and in a new interview he denied rumors he planned to start a Scientology and revealed that he and his wife Ceren Alka had left the controversial religion.
Every exit from the Church of Scientology is, to use a tired cliche, a bombshell. The news of Jason Lee’s exit is quickly spreading as he is the latest major Hollywood star to leave the religion that’s been exposed in recent books and now, notably, the Alex Gibney documentary ‘Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief’ based on the Lawrence Wright bestseller of the same title.
This time the spotlight is on 46-year-old Jason Lee and his second wife, Ceren Alka (see pictures below), whom he married in 2008. It all came about when he gave an interview to a local news outlet, The Dentonite. In speaking of his current business venues, he told the publication, “If Ceren and I had an idea for a business, it certainly wouldn’t happen at the cost of someone else’s. And being that we don’t practice Scientology, and that we aren’t particularly interested in opening religious centers in general, we have no plans to open a Scientology center.”
He went on to say, “Quite a few rumors about me/us floating around but none of it’s true. We’re not here to buy up or change or take over Denton, put some kind of personal stamp on it. We’re just here like anyone else who wants to be a part of Denton’s very cool creative community, and to be involved and perhaps help where we can.”
You can see the full interview here. For now that is all that Jason Lee has said about the Church of Scientology. While the likes of Leah Rimini, Katie Holmes, Lisa Marie Presley, Jason Beghe and Paul Haggis, have left. Yet on the other hand, Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, John Travolta and others have remained.
As The Daily Mail reports, Jason Lee’s first wife, Carmen Llywelyn, whom he divorced in 2001, and she revealed, in an article for Gawker that it was his involvement in the organization that eventually led to their split. She said in part, “It became a source of contention and I realized that unless I accepted Scientology the way he did and the way he wanted me to, we would most likely cease to know each another.”
Perhaps as did former ‘King of Queens’ star Leah Remini, he will reveal more about both his years with the organization and his reasons for leaving. She made headlines with her tell-all book and its many revelations about her decades in the church and her interactions with Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and other celebrities. Similarly, Paul Haggis’ story and allegations against the church were revealed in :Lawrence Wright’s article in The New Yorker, The Apostate.”
Check back for updates on this developing story of Jason Lee quitting Scientology.
(Click twice to enlarge)
Pictures: PR Photos