Soon after A&E cancelled the controversial docu-series Generation KKK, the Church of Scientology attacked the network for being "hypocritical". The organisation has slammed the network as it cancelled the show based on the white supremacists but is promoting the anti-Scientology show by Leah Remini.
The network pulled the plug on the highly controversial series (which was later renamed as Escaping the KKK before cancellation) for violating the company's rule on payments to subjects of a documentary. In this case, the show producers reportedly paid money to few KKK members.
TMZ released an official email exchange between A&E and Scientology's lawyer, revealing the ugly spat where the church has accused the network of running Remini's show Scientology And The Aftermath. According to the organisation, producers of the documentary also violated the network's policy and paid cash to the participants of the Scientology series.
"A&E was compelled to pull Generation KKK/Escaping the KKK after the network discovered that participants in the program received "nominal" payments from the producers. A&E publicly announced that "these payments are a direct violation of A&E's policies and practices for a documentary."
"Church of Scientology International understands that two on-air accusers/participants in Leah Remini's docuseries, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Mike Rinder and Leah Remini) received substantial cash payments for their participation, in violation of the same standards," the letter sent from the Church's lawyer Gary Soter reads. Click here to read the full transcript.
In the letter, Soter accuses the network of ignoring the policies for Remini's controversial show.
The organization said, "It is hypocritical for A&E to proclaim its intent to 'expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms' in cancelling the KKK show and at the same time promote Leah Remini's program which promotes hatred that A&E claims that it wants to stop."