David Letterman Lets Scientology ‘President’ Defend Religion Against ‘Malarkey’ in HBO Doc (Video)

The fictional leader of the church outs the comedian as one of its “most prominent celebrity” followers

Last Updated: April 3, 2015 @ 9:38 AM

David Letterman decided to tackle Scientology on Thursday following the premiere of HBO documentary “Going Clear,” which Letterman hasn’t seen, but guessed “maybe it was negative” toward science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard’s tax-exempt organization valued at $1.5 billion.

With Hollywood reactions to director Alex Gibney‘s film ranging from “crazy” to “terrifying,” Letterman invited the “head of the Church of Scientology,” Jim Keyes to present a much friendlier image of the faith that has captured the hearts of Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

“Folks, you have heard a lot of malarkey and the nervous nellies in this so-called ‘documentary,'” the actor playing the fictional Scientologist said. “Your pals at Scientology want to turn the page and get back to what we do best: Having fun.”

He then pitched “great news” — a new promotion aiming to recruit even more followers.

It was even the brain child of Letterman, himself. Or as Mr. Keyes identified the CBS late-night host, “one of our most prominent celebrity Scientologists.”

Watch the video to find out how to make this the year you go clear.