Leah Remini praises Jerrod Carmichael’s Shelly Miscavige joke

Leah Remini praised Jerrod Carmichael after he joked about the alleged disappearance of Scientologist Shelly Miscavige while hosting the 2023 Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday.

“Thank you Jerrod Carmichael! Where is Shelly?? #GoldenGlobes2023 #GoldenGlobes,” the former church member-turned-outspoken critic tweeted alongside a video of Carmichael’s quip.

Remini, 52, also responded to a tweet about the “Carmichael Show” alum, 35, sucking “the air out of the room” full of celebrities by bringing up the controversial organization.

“Love it,” she wrote.

Leah Remini clapping on "So You Think You Can Dance."
Leah Remini supported Jerrod Carmichael after he joked about Scientologist Shelly Miscavige’s alleged disappearance while hosting the 2023 Golden Globes.
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Carmichael cracked the brazen joke while standing on stage at the Beverly Hilton with three Golden Globe trophies in his arms, teasing that they were the ones infamous Scientologist Tom Cruise returned in 2021 over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association having no black voters.

“Look, I’m just a host briefly or whatever, but I have a pitch: I think maybe we take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige,” the stand-up comedian said as the crowd simultaneously laughed awkwardly and gasped.

Jerrod Carmichael holding three Golden Globe Awards.
Carmichael joked that Tom Cruise’s trophies could be exchanged for Miscavige’s “safe return.”
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Shelly, who has not been seen in public since August 2007, is the wife of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, who is close friends with Cruise.

Since leaving Scientology in 2013, Remini has joined a slew of people advocating for information about Shelly’s whereabouts. She even once speculated that the so-called Queen of Scientology is dead.

David Miscavige and Shelly Miscavige posing together.
Shelly, seen here with her Scientology leader husband, David Miscavige, hasn’t been spotted in public for nearly two decades.

The “King of Queens” alum has said she first became suspicious when Shelly was absent from Cruise’s 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.

“Shelly was always with her husband. She was his shadow, not only because she was married to him but also because she was his top aide. For her not to be in attendance was not only unusual but also unimaginable,” Remini tweeted in November 2022 while reflecting on the “wedding of the century.”

Tom Cruise posing for a photo on a red carpet.
Remini began questioning Shelly’s whereabouts at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ 2006 wedding.
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The “Kevin Can Wait” alum went so far as to file a missing person report for Shelly in 2013, but the Los Angeles Police Department claimed just days later that its officers had located Shelly and met with her in person.

The department subsequently closed the case.

Leah Remini talking at an event.
Remini filed a missing person report for Shelly in 2013.
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Nonetheless, Remini has continued to use her platform to talk about Shelly.

As recently as November, she penned a 20-part Twitter thread accusing an LAPD officer of dropping the case in exchange for a $20,000 donation to youth programs.

Leah Remini signing a copy of her book.
Remini has continued to look into Shelly’s whereabouts.

The department released a statement shortly after the “Second Act” star’s tweets went viral, reiterating that in 2014 “detectives found [Shelly] to be alive and safe, and subsequently closed the missing persons investigation.”

Remini, who had been a Scientologist since age 8, has detailed her experience with the church in her 2015 memoir, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” as well as her Emmy-winning docuseries, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”

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