Leah Remini is reportedly joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars. The 43-year-old actress is expected to appear in the upcoming season.
Remini recently made headlines with her exit from the Church of Scientology. As discussed by Hollywood Reporter, she left due to questions about the leadership of David Miscavige.
She also cited concern about the treatment of church members, particularly Miscavige’s wife, Shelly. Remini was worried about Shelly’s well-being, as she has seemingly disappeared.
Following her exit from the church, Remini filed a missing persons report. The Los Angeles Police department later determined that the report was “unfounded.”
Remini’s fans applauded her difficult decision to leave the church. She was humbled by the outpouring of support:
“I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response… I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support.”
Moving on from the controversy, Leah Remini is ready to resume her television career. As reported by US, her latest sitcom Family Tools, was cancelled in May.
Dancing with the Stars season 17 is set to premier in September 16. Fans will notice a few changes in the new season. The ballroom dancing competition show will now air once a week, in a two-hour episode.
In addition to Leah Remini, Valerie Harper, Elizabeth Berkley, Christina Milan, Amber Riley, and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, are all rumored to be included in this season’s cast.
Remini is also reportedly working on a memoir about her experience with the Church of Scientology, and her decision to leave.
Church leaders have criticized Remini for leaving, and speaking out against the church. However, Remini is not about to back down:
“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.”
Leah Remini’s decision to leave the church was certainly not easy. However, she is confident with her decision and ready to focus on her career.