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Originally posted 09/16/2013 10:00PM
Dancing with the Stars brought out some unexpected stunners – and a standing ovation that drew tears – on Monday night's season 17 premiere.
Although early favorite Corbin Bleu wowed the crowd as predicted with a 24-point contemporary dance with partner Karina Smirnoff, it was Amber Riley, 27, who landed the near-perfect score.
Earning three nines, Riley's dance with Derek Hough had Bruno Tolioni calling the Glee actress the "tigress of season 17." Fellow judge Len Goodman said excitedly, "I'm palpitating, perspirating and flatulating."
Originally posted 09/09/2013 05:00PM
Leah Remini appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday and revealed she's been having a difficult time since leaving the Church of Scientology in July.
"I hear it's different than leaving another religion, are you okay?" DeGeneres asked her.
Taking a big sip from her coffee cup, Remini, 43, paused before replying, "I'm okay. It's hard. We've lost friends that can no longer talk to us who are still in the organization."
Originally posted 09/04/2013 08:20AM
After a couple of underwhelming seasons, Dancing with the Stars has found its rhythm again.
From Valerie Harper to Snooki to Jack Osbourne – all named Wednesday as contestants – the ABC show rebounds with one of the strongest lineups in years competing in the 17th season beginning Sept. 16.
Harper, whose brain cancer is close to remission, and her pro partner Tristan MacManus will square off against former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess, actress Leah Remini – who recently made headlines with her split from Scientology – and pro Tony Dovolani, and reality star Osbourne and Cheryl Burke.
Originally posted 08/08/2013 05:45PM
Leah Remini, who left the Church of Scientology last month, took her concerns about the wife of the controversial religion's leader to the police.
A source confirms to PEOPLE that Remini filed a missing persons report for the wife of David Miscavige.
The wife of the Scientology leader has reportedly not been seen in public in six years. But cops say Remini's claim is "unfounded" and they reportedly saw her themselves.
Originally posted 07/29/2013 07:45AM
Leah Remini may have split from Scientology earlier this month, but she's not suddenly on her own.
"We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about," the former King of Queens star, 43, told PEOPLE on Saturday at the 15th annual DesignCare event in Malibu.
Remini, who tangled with the church, added, "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. 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."
Originally posted 07/17/2013 04:45PM
Leam Remini is known for being outspoken (after all, she is Brooklyn-born) but she took gutsiness to a new level last week when it was announced July 11 that she was leaving Scientology, the church where she's been a very visible member for more than three decades.
"I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues and fans," Remini, 43, said in a carefully worded statement the next day.
What Remini didn't say was that she'd tangled with the Church, and questioned its leader David Miscavige. As a result, according to several sources close to the actress, she was required to go through extensive "security checks," a practice of intensive personal questioning.
Originally posted 07/12/2013 05:05PM
The niece of the most powerful man in the Church of Scientology is speaking out in support of Leah Remini's decision to leave the church.
"From what I understand, she was just fed up with the way she was being treated when she was following church policy," says Jenna Miscavige Hill, who left the church herself in 2005. "She is a tough woman and isn't the type to yield or turn a blind eye to a blatant injustice. People like that don't last too long in Scientology because they aren't easy to control."
Miscavige Hill, who wrote an explosive memoir, Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape (published by Harper Collins in February) is very familiar with the dangers of criticizing the church.
Originally posted 07/11/2013 09:00PM
Leah Remini has broken her silence after deciding to leave the Church of Scientology.
"I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and from fans around the world. I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support," she says in a statement to PEOPLE.
For years, the King of Queens star, 43, was one of the best-known members of the Church of Scientology.
Originally posted 07/11/2013 03:30PM
Leah Remini, for years one of the best-known members of the Church of Scientology, has left the church following alleged disputes with its management, according to reports.
The departure by the King of Queens actress, 43, was first reported by Tony Ortega, the former Village Voice editor who is working on a book about the church and writes a daily blog about it.
The New York Post also reports she is making a break from the church after facing years of "interrogations" and "thought modification" for questioning leader David Miscavige's rule.
A rep for the actress had no comment on the situation.
Originally posted 10/25/2010 11:30AM
Are Jennifer Lopez's twins getting a new playmate?
Leah Remini, a longtime pal of Lopez's, says there's hope Emme and Max, both 2, will get a little brother or sister, if Mom has her way.
"Jen would love to have more kids," Remini, 40, told PEOPLE at the 32nd Anniversary Carousel of Hope Ball, which benefitted the Barbara Davis Center For Childhood Diabetes.
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