Kirstie Alley Defends Tom Cruise and Scientology

The actress stands up for her friend and says their controversial religion is "so normal"

Kirstie Alley has heard about the Vanity Fair story that alleges, among other things, that the Church of Scientology auditioned women to be Tom Cruise's life partner. But she isn't buying it.

The 61-year-old reality star recently caught up with Entertainment Tonight to defend Cruise. The two have been friends for a while, and both are members of the Church of Scientology.

"I think whenever you have articles written that are third and fourth parties' opinions, it's like the game Gossip and you don't get the truth," Alley says. "I think that a magazine of that caliber should have interviewed him, and then they would get the truth."

For what it's worth, Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth did try to get an interview with Cruise but was declined. Alley is right in the fact that articles relying on sources so far from the main party involved lose a lot of their credibility. So there's really no telling how much truth lies within the reports.

Alley is a practicing Scientologist, so it's no surprise that she stood up for the religion during the ET interview. She claims that it's not as bad as everyone makes it seem.

"I think that probably all religions sound bizarre to people who are not the practitioners of them," Alley says. "To me, it's so normal, and probably 90 percent of the crazy stuff I hear isn't true."

Cruise hasn't come out to deny the claims yet, but that's probably because (if they are fake) he considers them beneath him. His attorney, Bert Fields, told E! News last week that Cruise probably won't sue over Vanity Fair's article.

"Their story is essentially a rehash of tired old lies previously run in the supermarket tabloids, quoting the same bogus 'sources,'" he said. "It's long, boring and false."

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