Leah Remini, pictured at a 2014 event in Los Angeles, is opening up about her experiences with Scientology in an upcoming interview on “20/20” and a new book. (Richard Shotwell Invision/AP)

Scoop: Leah Remini tells all about Tom Cruise, Scientology

Leah Remini has some juicy material in her new book “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.”

And the former “King of Queens” star isn’t just taking on Scientology, she’s going after Tom Cruise, too.

The actress, whose current TLC reality show is called “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative,” talks about her memoir (slated for Nov. 3 release) and experiences on “20/20” on Friday. In ABC’s teaser clip of the interview, Remini said, “Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself. You are evil.”

She also said, it’s “giving up everything you’ve worked for your whole life” — if you decide to leave Scientology.

Remini, who left the group in 2013, had a 30-year association with Scientology.

According to People, Remini’s youth in the church (“We went from a middle-class lifestyle [in Brooklyn] to living in a roach-infested motel with six other girls off a freeway in Clearwater,” she once revealed) was what pushed her to leave. She didn’t want to subject her own daughter to the lifestyle.

Church International Spokesperson Karin Pouw told People in a statement that Remini’s claims are an effort to drum up attention for herself.

WHO’S BEHIND THE WHEEL?

What’s the latest on self-driving cars?

KQED’s science series “QUEST” has some information. The show begins its new season with the TV special, “Self-Driving Cars: The Road Ahead” at 7;30 p.m. Wednesday.

Noting that “Automobiles are about to undergo their biggest revolution in more than 100 years,” the show’s promoters say cars that drive themselves are already hitting the streets with amazing advances in technology, much of it coming out of Silicon Valley.

“There’s a shock you get when seeing the wheel turn on its own while the car is zooming down the highway at 60 miles per hour,” says Sheraz Sadiq, the documentary’s producer, who experienced Audi’s prototype self-driving car firsthand on the highway near the company’s offices in Belmont. In January, the vehicle drove 550 miles from the Bay Area to Las Vegas, almost entirely without human control.

QUICK TAKES
Hillary Rodham Clinton will pay a visit to “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” today. … Chef Ken Tominaga of PABU in San Francisco is one of six category winners in the inaugural Food Fanatics Awards launched by US Foods, a food service distributor. Tominaga’s “Happy Spoon,” a delicate balance of raw oyster, uni, ikura and tobiko” earned “Best Bite” honors.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

TV personality Kelly Osbourne is 31. … Singer Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots is 48. … Singer Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 57. … Actor-director Roberto Benigni is 63. … Author Fran Lebowitz is 65. … Actor-comedian John Cleese is 76. … Actress Nanette Fabray is 95.

— Wire report

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