New York native Leah Remini is best known for her role as Carrie alongside actor Kevin James, in the successful sitcom King of Queens. She also recently landed a reality show with her family on TLC called Leah Remini: It’s All Relative. Remini has also appeared as a guest star on the TV Land sitcom, The Exes. There was also that time she starred in Saved By the Bell for six episodes of the show. While Remini isn’t often involved in scandal like many of her peers, she did have a few negative things to say after she was fired from the popular daytime show The Talk, in 2011. A number of viewers enjoyed seeing her (and her co-host, Holly Robinson-Peete, who was also fired) on the show, and Remini made it clear that jealousy is likely what led to her dismissal.
Of course, the biggest news story surrounding Leah Remini these days is that she’s written a tell-all book about her exit from the Church of Scientology, and why she chose to leave after spending nearly all her life in the church. The church has some pretty harsh things to say about what Leah reveals in her book, but it looks like that’s not going to stop her from telling her story. This recent media attention has gotten us keenly interested in Leah Remini all over again. If she’s one of your favorite actors, chances are you want to know more details about her life. Here are 12 things about Leah Remini you probably didn’t know.
12 Leah Remini Is A Stepmother
11 Leah Remini “Left School” In 8th Grade
10 Leah Remini Lost Part of Her Childhood Due to “The Church”
9 Leah Remini Was Kicked Out Of Sea Org for Being “Boy Crazy”
8 Leah Remini’s Parents Have Shady Pasts
7 Leah Remini Has No Regrets About Her Time In The Church
6 Leah Remini Was A Mistress
5 Leah Remini Broke The Rules of Scientology During Birth
4 Leah Remini Stated That The Church Would Try To Discredit Her
3 Leah Remini Was “Written Up” For Disrespecting Tom Cruise
2 Leah Remini Was Asked To “Recruit” Jennifer Lopez
1 Leah Remini “Blew The Whistle” About David Miscavige’s Missing Wife
Leah Remini spoke up about the fact that she thought it was weird that David Miscavige, the head of the Church of Scientology, was at the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes wedding, but his wife Shelly, wasn’t. Remini asked where Shelly was several times, and she was disciplined for “causing trouble.” Eventually, Remini wrote a “knowledge report” to express her grievances about certain members of the church, especially David Miscavige and Tom Cruise. This got her in even more trouble with the Church. Her punishment was four months of reprogramming and being audited for 11 hours a day. Remini states that the Church was basically “trying to get me to recant what I said, to apologize for ruining the wedding of the century.” Shelly Miscavige hasn’t been seen publicly since 2007. The Church of Scientology has denied that there are any conspiracies surrounding her.
Sources: radaronline.com, vulture.com, dailymail.co.uk, usmagazine.com
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