Actor/"Red Table Talk" host Jada Pinkett Smith (Photo: PAUL MILLER/EPA)
Jada Pinkett Smith and Leah Remini let viewers in on how they squashed their simmering beef Monday on Smith’s revelatory “Red Table Talk.”
“She reached out to me, which was really huge of her ’cause I really don’t… I don’t know if I’m that big,” the “Girl’s Trip” actress said on her Facebook Watch series ahead of their sit-down.
The origins of their feud go back to Remini’s 2015 memoir, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” in which she described an evening the two shared. Her anecdote was different than Smith remembered, and Smith’s disputing of Remini’s account on “Watch What Happens Live,” led Remini to believe she was a Scientologist, as she declared to The Daily Beast last year.
Cut to the present, and Smith and Remini hadn’t talked in years. The two greeted each other warmly with a hug and complimented each other’s looks. They resolved their feud with the help of a mutual friend, actor Duane Martin, whom Remini reached out to.
Smth said she and Remini met 20 years ago and they reconnected at the Church of Scientolgy, but Smith has denied being a member of the controversial religion.
“It upset me because I didn’t understand why we had to be in your book, because we really didn’t have anything to do with this,” Jada told her guest, sharing she was “hurt” by the mention.
Leah Remini (Photo: NINA PROMMER/EPA-EFE)
Remini admitted to not thinking of how sharing a story would reflect on the power couple.
“Looking back on it, I didn’t even consider Jada and Will,” she said.
“I was so caught up in that pain,” she added, getting choked up, “and also the pain of others and the effects that it had.”
The night in question came up in July 2017 when “WWHL” host Andy Cohen brought up an evening when the Smith family spent time with famed Scientologist Tom Cruise.
“(Cohen) doesn’t tell you what he’s going to talk about. He just throws stuff at you, and so when that came up, I was like that’s not how I remember that night going,” Smith explained. “You had basically created a situation for Will and I… At that point, I’m like, I got to protect Will and I.”
“When I saw it, I was hurt, because I was like, ‘Oh, she’s in (the church),” Remini responded.
“When I saw that you made that statement, I felt the need to respond to something that I felt was untrue and was an attack,” Smith said.
She denied being a Scientologist after Remini’s Daily Beast interview on Twitter writing: “I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not… NO ONE ELSE can hold that power.”
“My grandmother was like, ‘You’re gonna learn all the religions, and then you got to decide which one you want to practice,’ ” Smith told Remini around the table. “So, for me, all religions have been my home, which is why I didn’t have a problem going to the Church of Scientology and saying ‘I’m not a Scientologist. I want to just be here and see what you have to offer,’ because that was my life, that’s what I’m used to.”
She added: “I always took the position that I’m here at the Scientology Center to learn what I want to learn, and I have no interest in being a Scientologist.”
Toward the end of their chat, Remini offered Smith her heartfelt apology: “I really truly deeply apologize. I should have thought about the names in the book, I should’ve thought about what that meant for you guys, and I didn’t.’
“It’s OK. I love you anyway,” Pinkett Smith said, to which Remini echoed: “And, I love you anyway.”
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