Leah Remini’s TLC show, It’s All Relative, is about to return to TV for its second season, and viewers who are disillusioned with the Duggar family might want to check it out.
There are many 19 Kids and Counting fans who think that the Duggar family can do no wrong and that other families should strive to be more like them. However, there are also “hate watchers” who disagree with the Duggar children’s strict upbringing, and they hope that one of the adult Duggar children will eventually decide to ditch their family’s ultra-conservative religion so that they can live a less restrictive life. As the Inquisitr previously reported, fans really want 25-year-old Jana Duggar to leave home so that she can be more than her siblings’ live-in nanny.
If a Duggar daughter ever does decide to leave her family’s cult-like religion, they might want to talk to Leah Remini — the star of It’s All Relative knows a thing or two about how much of a struggle it can be to walk away from something that has been such a huge part of your life. Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology in 2013, and she and her family are still dealing with the aftermath of her decision. According to Broadway World, the family will head to a group therapy session during the Season 2 premiere of It’s All Relative, and they’ll talk about how walking away from Scientology affected each of them. 19 Kids and Counting fans might have a hard time imagining the Duggar family ever leaving their religion en masse and attending a therapy session together.
SheKnows recently shared a list of TLC series that could fill “the Duggar void” if 19 Kids and Counting does end up getting cancelled, and Leah Remini: It’s All Relative was at the top of the list.
“If you are yet to tune in to Leah Remini: It’s All Relative, clear your schedule and make it a priority,” Rita Loiacono writes. “In short: Leah Remini is a hoot and so is pretty much every member of her family. Her mom, in particular, will have you in stitches. Not only is this show entertaining, it also makes us feel warm because the Reminis are so supportive of one another and clearly enjoy being together.”
As much as the Duggars preach about the importance of family, it’s Leah Remini who actually decided to put her family first — the Duggars had more of a “religion first” attitude while responding to the Josh Duggar molestation scandal.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were quick to rally around Josh Duggar after he admitted to molesting four of his sisters and one other girl when he was a teenager, and they seemed to care more about him than his sibling victims. According to Gawker, the Duggars are followers of the Quiverfull movement, a religious sect that’s even newer than Scientology. Quiverfull followers believe that women must submit to the men in their lives, so there’s a possibility that the family’s teachings had something to do with why Josh viewed his sisters as his own personal playthings. The Duggars tried to protect their valuable firstborn son from the law, and this allowed him to keep molesting his sisters.
You’d think that the stars of 19 Kids and Counting would start to question their religion after watching their daughters suffer, but, as the Inquisitr previously reported, they claimed that it actually brought them closer to God.
Leah Remini came to a much different conclusion when she thought about how her religion was affecting her family. According to Fox News, Remini started crying after she realized that she was teaching her daughter that Scientology is “more important” than family.
“I was at one of these hotels in Florida, and I saw my daughter swimming for the first time while I’m reading this thing. And a tear came down my face. And I was like, ‘What am I doing?'”
If you’re tired of hearing about religion after the Duggar debacle, don’t worry — It’s All Relative isn’t going to be all about the Remini family’s post-Scientology struggles. The first episode will also show Leah planning something special for her friend Trish after she undergoes her final round of chemotherapy (Trish was diagnosed with breast cancer last season).
Future episodes will show Vicki skydiving, a visit from Chelsea Handler, a doggy funeral, a back waxing, and a birthday party. Leah’s husband, Angelo Pagan, will also try to shoot a commercial for the family restaurant. You can check out a preview below.
Leah Remini: It’s All Relative premieres July 15 at 9 ET on TLC. Do you prefer Leah’s family over the Duggars?
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