'We don't practise Scientology': My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee quits controversial religion

Daily Mail, UK/September 17, 2016

He was one of Scientology's prized catches - pictured in promotional material alongside fellow stars such as John Travolta and Tom Cruise.

But Jason Lee has quietly revealed that he has quit Scientology.

The My Name Is Earl star confirmed in an interview that he and wife Ceren Alkac are no longer involved with the religion.

Having relocated his family to Denton, Texas just over one year ago, the actor spoke to a local website to resolve rumours that he was there to start up a Scientology centre.

'If Ceren and I had an idea for a business, it certainly wouldn't happen at the cost of someone else's,' he told thedentonite.com.

'And being that we don't practise Scientology, and that we aren't particularly interested in opening religious centres in general, we have no plans to open a Scientology centre.

'Quite a few rumours 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.'

Jason, 46, and his second wife Ceren married in 2008. They were rumoured to have split last year, with reports that his commitment to Scinetology had come between them.

However it appears the two are now back together, and living with their children in Texas.

Jason was previously wed to Carmen Llywelyn between 1995 and 2001.

Last year Carmen wrote a scathing article about her experiences with Scientology for Gawker.com - blaming it for their split.

She said: 'Jason had been a Scientologist for about five years when we met.

'He was introduced through his ex-girlfriend, Marissa Ribisi, and her family. When I think back, I believe a part of me knew if I didn't accept Scientology the marriage would be over before it even started.

'Jason and I had spoken about Scientology many times. Our relationship was serious; we had just moved in together.

'Eventually, 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.

'It became a source of contention and I realised 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.'

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