Leah Remini Talks Scientology on 'Dancing With the Stars'

'King of Queens' star Leah Remini discusses leaving Scientology on 'Dancing With the Stars.'


Actress Leah Remini, who recently left the Church of Scientology, says the church is hoping for her to lose on “Dancing With the Stars.”

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Since confirming that she left the Church of Scientology in July, "King of Queens" star Leah Remini hasn't been shy about her departure, and putting on her dancing shoes won't quiet her down either.

"I'm going through a personal and big change for me and my family," she said on Monday's episode of "Dancing with the Stars," "The church is looking for me to fail so they can say to their parishioners, you see what happens when you leave the church? They're waiting for me to fail."

Her comments came in the show's behind-the-scenes look at her and her partner Tony Dovolani's practice, where she also told Dovolani, "I am going through a personal...a big change for me and my family."

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Remini's defection has also come up during her press tour to promote her stint on the dance competition. Appearing on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" earlier in September, she told DeGeneres, "My mother got involved when we were very young, so it's all we really ever knew. But over time, my eyes got opened and I could just no longer be affiliated with the organization, and my family felt the same, so we left."

The Church of Scientology claims numerous Hollywood stars as its members, including Tom Cruise, Jenna Elfman and former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Kirstie Alley. In addition to being highly secretive, the church has faced controversy for a number of its practices and stances, many of them raised in Lawrence Wright's recent expose on the church. Remini joins other high-profile defectors including actress Katie Holmes and director Paul Haggis.

In response to Remini's comments, the Church of Scientology issued a comment to "Good Morning America" that said, "We know this may come as a surprise to someone as self-absorbed as Ms. Remini, but we could care less if she wins or loses on 'Dancing With the Stars.'"

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