She currently stars on TV Land’s “The Exes,” but Leah Remini has had a long and winding career that’s had plenty of ups and downs. In a Feb. 26 interview with Buzzfeed, Remini dished on her early roles on “Saved By the Bell” and the short-lived “Who’s The Boss” spinoff “Living Dolls,” as well as her new gig on the TV Land sitcom.
But the end of her long-running CBS series “The King of Queens,” is the one that still hurts. Remini revealed that after she spent nine seasons playing the role of Carrie Heffernan, her TV husband Kevin James decided to pull the plug on the show.
“There are no words to describe it,” Remini said. “Kevin loved the show, but his film career was taking off and he didn’t want it to end up being the show that trickled off. I mean, everyone else was OK going out with a 0.3 rating. I understood his position, and looking back, he was right, but I’m still mourning that loss. I can’t really watch the reruns because I still feel that show in my bones.”
Remini’s later stint on CBS’ “The Talk” made tabloid headlines after she and fellow co-host Holly Robinson Peete were fired. A brief Twitter war ensued after Sharon Osbourne said to Howard Stern that her former co-hosts “don’t really know who they are.”
Last fall, Remini told TV Guide that she and Osbourne are on speaking terms again: “You've just got to let things go,” she said. “You can't hold grudges. You can't hold other people responsible for your life. I've had a lot of personal growth in that area, and there's other things that are important.”
As for her firing from the daytime chat fest (she and Robinson-Peete were replaced by Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood), Remini told Buzzfeed the experience helped her understand the politics of show business: “Sometimes heart and passion don’t actually get you far and good intentions are not always rewarded,” she said.
After a stint on “Dancing With the Stars” last year, Remini describes her current role as Nicki on “The Exes” as “one of the best jobs” she’s ever had.