Today on Howard Stern's radio show he had Catherine Bell on as a guest. He asked what famous friends she hung out with and she mentioned Jenna Elfman. Howard asked her if Jenna tried to convert her to Scientology, and Catherine said, "Did she try? No, I've been a Scientologist for seven years", which took everyone by surprise.
Artie Lang said, "It just became a freak show!", with Howard muttering, "Oy, vay!"
Robin Quivers asked Catherine if her husband was a Scieno and did she convert him, and Catherine said yes, her husband was a Scieno but she didn't convert him. Howard said, "You know, I'm eighth level" and Catherine said, "Oh, really? What's that?" and Howard said "Oh, I don't know, I'm just kidding with you!" Artie said, "I can't even look at you any more!"
Howard asked if she thought she could get better work by being a Scientologist, and Catherine said that she has gotten more confident and become a better actress because of Scientology. Artie then starts doing a Dracula impression and says, "I am zee Space Man! Come to me!" and Catherine says, "What are you talking about? (meanwhile they start playing this eerie "Twilight Zone" haunted house type music in the background).
Howard then mentioned that L. Ron Hubbard was a science fiction writer who told one of his friends, "I'm going to go start my own religion because there's no money in this goddamn science fiction". Catherine refuted that, saying, "Actually, George Orwell said that in the 1930s". Howard didn't believe her, saying "They got you all brainwashed" and Catherine said, "No I've seen it, I'll send you a copy". Howard repeated that he thought he was brainwashed and said, "I'm going to unbrainwash you. You've been hanging around Hollywood too much" and Catherine again insisted that Orwell said it in the 1930s and that he and Hubbard were both science fiction writers and it got attributed to Hubbard.
Robin then asked if she knew John Travolta and Tom Cruise and Catherine said she's met them, and she's also met Lisa Marie Presley, and Robin said, "Oh, she knows all the Scientologists!". Artie then said in his Dracula voice, "Yessss, zee Space Man vill introduce you to them!" and Catherine again asked Artie, "What are you talking about?" Howard then said, "Repeat after me--'Oh, what a goose I am!' " and people started laughing.
Catherine then asked if Howard had ever read a book by Hubbard and Howard said no, then Catherine said, "Then you really don't know what it's about!" Howard then said that he wasn't into any religion, but that he certainly wouldn't go into any of these "new-fangled religions" and Catherine said "Christianity was new, and it was misunderstood back then, too".
Then Robin said, "You walked into the Centre and they said, 'Sit down, we're gonna put you on this e-meter'?" Catherine said that she had gone to the center and took a course (which was the "Overcoming Ups and Downs in Life" course) and it was "very cool". Artie interjected, " 'How to Get Fooled'?". Catherine said that she started to do better in life and wound up getting the "JAG" TV series shortly after joining Scn. She also said that she used to be really shy and insecure before joining Scientology and that it helped her get over that. Howard then asked her, "Ever bang your husband on the clay table?" which got more laughs. Catherine asked why he was so fixated on the clay table and Howard said that he just thought it was funny when people needed a new religion, and Robin said, "We make the same fun of Santeria, too!"
Catherine then again insisted that Howard should go and read a book and Howard, said, "Yeah, I'll read a book and then throw it right in the garbage!" Howard then said, "Oh, there's my mistake, I read 'Diabetics'!" Artie then said, "You know, you didn't get that series because of L. Ron Hubbard, you got it because you're the only hot chick who could memorize all that crap!" which got some laughs;
Catherine insisted that she memorized it better after taking Scientology courses.
By this time they were going to start playing the "Mike Walker Game"
so the topic started drifting from Scientology, and they ended the interview with her shortly afterwards. Then after a commercial break, Howard said that it seemed like Catherine was mad at them for goofing on Scientology because she started acting more abrupt and less friendly with them towards the end of her appearance and apparently during the commercial break she didn't even want to stick around to chit-chat or pose for pictures, etc., like many of the other celebrity guests do, it sounded like she just took off! Robin jokingly expressed her regret that "Oh, we didn't make a new friend today!".
They also made a couple of other brief mentions of Scientology during the rest of the show.