Longtime Scientologist Jason Lee has left the controversial church!
The former My Name Is Earl actor, who began practicing the religion in the early ’90s after being introduced to it by then-girlfriend Marissa Ribisi, just gave the scoop to a local news outlet, The Dentonite. The funny man moved to Denton, Texas (which has a population of just over 113,000) to live a quieter life with his wife Ceren Alkac, and their daughter, Casper, 8, and son Sonny, 4, in 2015.
In the interview with the local paper, the actor squashed rumors that he and his wife were in the area, buying up real estate in order to open a Scientology center. He explained to the reporter: “If Ceren and I had an idea for a business, it certainly wouldn’t happen at the cost of someone else’s,” he continued. “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.”
The actor added, “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.”
On rumors that he’d bought a space to turn into a Scientology center, the actor added, “I haven’t purchased anything in Denton. That was never really the plan. But I do rent a little photo office space. It’s nice to have a place away from home for scanning and editing my film photos, listening to records and just being around my cameras and books and whatnot.”
Well … there ya have it folks, Jason Lee’s not a Scientologist any more! We have a feeling John Travolta is not going to be happy about this one!
We wonder if this has anything to do with the open letter that Lee’s ex wife Carmen Llywelyn wrote, blaming the church for the couple’s split.
Llywelyn told Gawker, “I started to feel like he was forcing Scientology on me, past the point where I didn’t want to go any further. He would never stop talking about it.” She also said, “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.”
Maybe they can know each other now that Lee doesn’t consider her an SP any more?