Leah Remini Claims Church of Scientology Wanted Her ‘King of Queens’ Co-Star Kevin James to Join


That’s enough to potentially ruin a friendship. Leah Remini admitted in a new interview that when she belonged to the church of Scientology, they bugged her to get her King of Queens co-star Kevin James to join.

“They always tried to get me to, [asking] ‘Why is he not in? Why have you not promoted it to him?’ I was like, ‘Because he’s Catholic. He doesn’t want anything to do with it,'” the 47-year-old told People, even though the church denies her claims. “They let it go after a while, but usually you’d be expected to recruit, especially with somebody you work with for nine years.”

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Leah famously left Scientology back in 2013 after more than 30 years of practicing the religion. She shared that Kevin — the two portrayed husband and wife Doug and Carrie Heffernan on King of Queens from 1998 until 2007 — was so supportive of her decision. “He reached out to me and said, ‘I’m so proud of you; if you need anything, I’m here,'” Leah said.

The mom-of-one now has her own show, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, which is in its second season. On top of that, she’s set to co-star with Kevin again on his new show, Kevin Can Wait. She previously guest-starred in some episodes during Season 1.

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“I got a call: ‘Do you want to do some more episodes?’ I said, ‘Yeah, of course, anything,'” Leah began. “They said, ‘Okay, so you’re going to be doing all the episodes.’ I was like, ‘What?! For Kevin, anything.” We can’t wait to see the TV duo back in action during the Season 2 premiere of Kevin Can Wait come Monday, Sept. 25!

Click through the gallery below to see the cast of King of Queens then and now!