The actress opens up about her experiences as a member of the Church of Scientology.
Leah Remini opens up about leaving the Church of Scientology in a new interview, following the broadcast of the first installment of her eight-part A&E docuseries 'Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath'. The series follows her defection, and the experiences of other former Church members.
Leah Remini unveils new Scientology series
'The King of Queens' star has been extremely vocal about her antipathy towards Scientology since she left the religious organisation in 2013, making numerous accusations about the Church's practises during various television appearances as well as in her best-selling book 'Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology'. Now she's opened up on the 'Today' show about her decision to tackle her new stance in a documentary series.
'Dancing With the Stars' is at its mid-point, with five celebrities eliminated, who left this week?
It's half-way through the season of Dancing With the Stars: the dances are becoming more complex, the stars are stressed and the competition is fiercer. With eight competitors left at the beginning of last night's (Monday, 21 October) episode and a cruel clause added to panic even the coolest of celebrities, who was eliminated this week?
Elizabeth Berkley with her dance partner Val Chermerkovskiy.
The judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, decided a "Switch Up" improvisation dance should be added in order for the competitors to gain extra points. The music at any point in a couple's performance could be switched up so the dancers were forced to think on their feet - quite literally.
'Dancing With the Stars' played host to a stage of screen sirens and even a pilot when the celebrity competitors performed on last night's show.
Dancing With the Stars held a Hollywood Night on yesterday's (30 Sept.) show. The celebrity competitors chose Charleston's, Quicksteps and Cha Chas, whilst their costumes were definitely some of the most imaginative we've seen this season.
Christina Milian at the NCLR ALMA Awards in L.A.
Here's a few highlights before the latest celebrity to be eliminated is revealed:
Season 17 of 'Dancing with the Stars' premièred last night and featured impressive performances from such celebrities as Corbin Bleu, Amber Riley and Jack Osborne. Sadly, Keyshawn Johnson and Bill Nye were less successful.
Dancing with the Stars premiered last night (Monday 16 September) and featured such celebrities as Corbin Bleu, Amber Riley, Elizabeth Berkley, Leah Remini and Jack Osborne. Judged by former professionals and celebrities, the show features inexperienced famous faces paired with professional partners. The judges for season 17 of the dancing competition are Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Amber Riley dazzled the judges with partner Derek Hough.
If you missed the season 17 premiere of Dancing with the Stars, here are a few highlights:
Leah Remini will be competing on 'Dancing With the Stars' alongside 'Jersey Shore' star Snooki. The former 'King of Queens' actress has made headlines since she announced she had left the Church of Scientology.
Leah Remini is set to join Dancing With the Stars. The former King of Queens actress will be appearing on the upcoming season of the celebrity dance competition. The news comes merely weeks after Remini's dealings with the Church of Scientology.
Leah Remini will compete on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars.
Remini, it has been confirmed by THR, is going to appear on the 17th season of the show, due to air on September 16th. She will be appearing alongside Jersey Shore star Snooki. Other competitors are rumoured, according to TMZ, to be Glee's Amber Riley; Hip Hop singer Christina Milian; and Saved By the Bell actress Elizabeth Berkley. The remainder of the competitors will be announced - unless unveiled by media outlets- on September 4th on Good Morning America.
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They have spoken: Scientologists say Leah Remini's missing person report for the church leader's wife is codswallop...in no uncertain terms.
The Church of Scientology is on a mission to stamp out rumours that David Miscavige's wife has suspiciously disappeared amidst swirling allegations prompted by actress Leah Remini's missing person report.
The organisation has said Ms. Remini "cooked up" the "unnecessary burden" for the LAPD as "nothing more than a publicity stunt." The statement provided by the Church is caustic and direct in its delivery, describing those who propagated the matter as "unemployed, anti-religious zealots who blog on the fringe of the internet." They also cite the police in stating that the missing person case, opened by Remini upon her own exit from Scientology, is now closed.
The 'King of Queens' star is already working on a revealing account into her past, just weeks after leaving the Church of Scientology
Leah Remini, the co-star of the comedy series King of Queens, made the conscious decision to leave the Church of Scientology in July this year, severing her nearly 30-year devotion to the controversial religious group. Almost a month after the New York Daily News broke the news of Remini's decision to leave the cult, the actress has since confirmed that she will be discussing all the intimate details of her life when she published her tell-all memoirs.
Remini was brave to leave behind her past
Remini's planned move into writing, which was first confirmed by Us Weekly, is due to begin almost immediately and will leave no stone unturned and no taboo ignored as she recalls a life spent with some of the most controversial religious figures in America. The actress and former Talk co-host confirmed with Us on Friday (2 August) that her book "will include [her] experiences, everything that's taboo to talk about."
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Leah Remini has decided to write memoirs about experience with the Church of Scientology. Paul Haggis, a former member of the church, has expressed his support and admiration of Remini's decision to speak out.
Leah Remini will tell all about her life as a Scientologist in her upcoming memoir. The 43 year old actress said, to US Weekly, her upcoming memoirs "will include my experiences, everything that's taboo to talk about."
Leah Remini at a 2011 GLSEN event in L.A.
Remini has revealed very little about her break from the Church of Scientology since her decision was announced over three weeks ago. It is believed the former King of Queens star left the church due to a number of disagreements with the Scientologists leader, David Miscavige. According to some reports, there has been tension between Remini and Miscavige since Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' wedding in 2006 (where Remini allegedly asked the whereabouts of Miscavige's wife).
Leah Remini has broken her silence on her exit from the Church of Scientology.
Remini - best known for starring in 'King of Queens' - split from the controversial church after three decades, thanking fans and colleagues for their support though giving no real indication as to the reasons for the departure. However, speaking to People magazine at an event in California on Saturday (July 27, 2013), the actress said: "I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about."
"It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to," she added.
Continue reading: Leah Remini Hints At Why She Left The Church Of Scientology
Leah Remini has spoken for the first time following the announcement that she had left the Church of Scientology. Her family, contrary to her initial concerns, appear not to have been affected by her decision.
Leah Remini has spoken for the first time about her decision to leave the Church of Scientology. The former King of Queens actress announced her decision earlier this month (11th July) and it was rumoured she had left due to a disagreement with the church's management.
Leah Remini at 2010 CBS, CW and Showtime summer press tour, L.A.
She appears to have confirmed this rumour, whilst speaking to People at a DesignCare event in Malibu. She said: "I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct." She went on to say "no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to".
Continue reading: Leah Remini Says Her Family Are "United" On Her Split From Scientology
Leah Remini and Kristie Alley appear to have fallen out over Remini's decision to leave the Church of Scientology. According to one report Alley is 'livid', however she has defended herself via Twitter saying she is not concerned by anyone's religious beliefs.
Leah Remini has left the Church of Scientology but few of her religious friends are remaining loyal. One of her former Scientologist chums, Kristie Alley (Cheers), is said to be 'livid' about Remini's defection.
Leah Remini at the 2012 TCA Summer Press Tour, Beverly Hills, L.A.
The King of Queens actress allegedly left the church following disagreements with its management. These disagreements are reported to have begun in 2006, at the wedding of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. She apparently asked David Miscavige where his wife was (Shelly Miscavige was withdrawing from public life at this time and she has not been seen in public since 2007).
Continue reading: Have Leah Remini And Scientologist Kristie Alley Fallen Out?
Leah Remini doesn't know what all the fuss is about.
Leah Remini, the American actress best known for The Talk, is bewildered by the attention focused on her split from the Church of Scientology.
"Leah really didn't understand how this would become a news story," a friend of the actress from her 'King of Queens' days told the Chicago Sun-Times. "That was a bit naïve of her, to be sure."
Continue reading: Leah Remini On Scientology Split: What's The Big Deal Y'all?
The star was a member for three decades
We hear rumours of celebs turning to scientology all the time, but to see one come out the other side is still fairly new, such is the infancy of the controversial religion. Leah Remini, due to alleged ‘thought modification’ has left the church of scientology after more than 30 years of being a member.
No more scientology for Leah
“I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and fans from around the world. I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support,” read a statement from the star. She leaves after “years of interrogations” and attempted “thought modification”.
Leah Remini has left the Church of Scientology following an alleged dispute with the Church's management.
King Of Queens actor Leah Remini has left the Church of Scientology. Remini is reported to have disagreed with the church's management, the major factor in her decision to leave.
Leah Remini at a Disney event in California.
The Church is notoriously secretive and in commenting on Remini they have remained as elusive as ever. A spokesperson for the Church said in a statement: "the Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member."
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Date of birth
15th June, 1970