03:47 PM EDT 09/16/2014
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.
Originally posted 04/27/2009 11:00AM
Meet Hollywood's newest little super band, with Leah Remini's daughter Sophia on vocals.
"She just started singing very loudly," Remini, 38, said at Saturday's Natural Resources Defense Council 20th anniversary celebration in Beverly Hills, of her 4-year-old. "She used to really not want to be listened to or looked at, and now it's like full-on concerts. [She is] like, 'Have you heard me sing this song … and 18 songs on my iPod?' "
Asked if their friend Tom Cruise's daughter Suri, who turned 3 last week, could jam with Sophia, Remini said, "Yeah, maybe one day! That would be cute. That would be adorable. I love that!" She added Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony should "get Emme and Max up in it!"
Originally posted 02/22/2008 06:10PM
New parents Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have received
well-wishes from friends and family – including a personal visit from actress Leah Remini, who arrived Friday afternoon at the maternity ward where Lopez gave birth to twins.
Remini, a longtime friend of Lopez who has called the singer "a born mom," was spotted on Friday afternoon at the hospital in Long Island, N.Y. Earlier in the day Lopez's sister, Lynda, was also seen heading into the maternity ward, where Lopez and husband Marc Anthony welcomed a boy and a girl early Friday morning.
(PHOTOS: See Jennifer's Baby Style and Remember When: J.Lo and Marc's Newlywed Life)
Originally posted 01/30/2008 01:35PM
Leah Remini is auditioning for the role of a lifetime: Godparent to Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's unborn baby.
"We're asking for an audition for godparent roles," Remini, 36, joked to PEOPLE at the premiere after-party for Eva Longoria's new comedy Over Her Dead Body Tuesday night. "Um ... so, we're waiting to hear back."
The actress says she and husband Angelo Pagan, "need like a day – because we're not good at cold-reading – so that we can just prepare."
Originally posted 05/12/2007 01:30PM
The King of Queens goes off the air May 14, but Leah Remini is still cracking wise. The actress, 36 (and star of the new Internet series In the MotherHood), spoke to PEOPLE about showbiz snubs, Scientology and her famous BFF.
Originally posted 07/19/2006 03:45PM
Since she was born on April 18, little Suri Cruise has managed to keep a low profile. In fact, at 3 months old, the daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes still has not been seen in public.
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!