What a cursed and doomed job the position of SPOKESPERSON for the Church of Scientology! Someone would have to be blind, crazy & masochistic to want to fill that vacancy.
Let's see how all the other previous Spokespersons have fared. . .
JOHN MC MASTER: Declared by Hubbard to be Scientology's "First Clear", John was the celebrated international face and voice of Scientology. Less than 3 years later he was again "Declared by Hubbard" but this time to be an SP. Later, destitute and living in a tiny room in a "flop house" filled with dead flowers, he died of liver complications due to alcoholism.
RON HUBBARD: Scientology's greatest spokesperson, the flamboyant and charismatic founder of Scientology. When his decades long crime wave of "ops", fair game terrorism and fraud caught up, he was under siege of criminal and civil investigations, litigation and process servers; whereupon, he went into hiding and lived the life of a reclusive paranoid on the run, dying a sick and broken man.
HEBER JENTZCH: Bombastic and melodramatic in his "always attack" mission to wear Ron's spokesman hat, he fell into disfavor and was sentenced to Scientology's gulag (the "hole") where he now, a man in his 79's, is incarcerated.
DAVID MISCAVICH: After a brief and miserably failed attempt to bring Scientology into the mainstream on the Emmy Award-winning ABC Nightline show (1992) where he granted a long-form interview with Ted Koppel, Miscavige disappeared back to his cult compound never to speak to the media again.
MIKE RINDER: After years of receiving personal abuse, imprisonment and physical beatings, he stopped lying to the media about Scientology and stopped lying to himself as well when he blew COS and then blew the whistle, after which he was fair gamed to destroy his family & his finances.
TOM CRUISE: A very brief posting as Scientology's face and spokesperson yielded a pr meltdown of unprecedented fail, highlighted by such fail-capers as attacking Brook Shields for having experienced post-partum depression, attacking Matt Lauer and psychiatry, jumping on Oprah's couch and the infamous KSW video. Cruise's career and popularity immediately crashed and he decided to give back the post and try to salvage what remained. In 2012 his credibility plummeted even further as the "authority" on everything (drugs, marriage, education....) had his own 3rd marriage crumble under the spotlights of a worldwide media feeding frenzy.
TOMMY DAVIS: (a "disappeared" person in 2012, story now unfolding).
Currently (and perhaps appropriately), Scientology hides behind lawyers who are instructed to give off-camera press releases and statements which are consistently the same fare as all the previous spokespersons miserably attempted to sell: Deny, Attack & Lie.
There are no disembodied aliens haunting Scientologists, but they are assuredly haunted by the ghosts of their 62 years of fraud, criminal abuse, lies & treachery.