‘DWTS’ Leah Remini Talks Scientology: The Church Wants Me To Fail

on September 24 2013 3:58 PM
Leah Remini
Leah Remini Reuters

Dancing the mambo well isn’t the only thing Leah Remini has to worry about on “Dancing With The Stars” since leaving the Church of Scientology. The 43-year-old actress wants to prove she can succeed on the show and added that the church is looking for her to fail in a candid moment with professional dance partner Tony Dovolani on Monday night's episode.

"I'm going through a personal and big change for me and my family," the “King of Queens” star said, referring to leaving Scientology. "The church is looking for me to fail so they can say to their parishioners, 'See what happens when you leave the church?' They're waiting for me to fail."

But the Church of Scientology “could care less” how well or mediocre Remini performs on the show. A comment given to “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, as quoted by Us Weekly, read: "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.’"

Ouch. That probably won’t come as a surprise to Remini, however. She recently told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show she lost many friends since she and her family chose to leave their faith, which is notorious for having a celebrity following. She said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in the beginning of September: "We lost friends who can no longer talk to us who are still in the organization.”

"But we have other friends, who are not in the church, who have stood by us and that's all we can ask for," Remini added.

The actress told Us Weekly on Monday night that “DWTS” has been an awesome experience for her so far. "The love and support that I've received from Tony, from the cast, from the crew, from friends I didn't know I had? It offsets some of that [negative energy],” she said. "It's been a godsend.”

But Remini didn’t stop there: "I wake up, I'm happy, I have real friends, I have real love, I have real support, I have my family."

Check out Remini on “DWTS” every Monday night on ABC at 8/7c.