It’s all in the family for Leah Remini. On Wednesday, the former “King of Queens” star appeared on “Good Morning America” to talk about her new reality show, “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative,” and she gave an update on the aftermath of her high profile split from the Church of Scientology.
A year after severing ties with the controversial church, Remini said it’s still “not easy as time goes on,” according to ABC News. The actress also described mourning the loss of friendships she made through the church: “You look through your phone [and] you’re like, ‘Oh I can’t call this person,’” she said. “But you know, as we were in that time of loss and grief, still sad we lost our friends, we also have to look at what we do have. We have great family. We have great friends still in our lives.”
Remini’s friends and family will be her co-stars on “It’s All Relative,” and the first episode jumps right into the Scientology split as well as another topic: sibling rivalry. TV Guide posted a sneak peek clip of the premiere episode, which shows Remini pitting herself against her sister, Shannon, to "out daughter" her when it comes time to celebrate the birthday of their mom's dog, Sadie.
Speaking of Remini's mom, Vicki, the actress says she’s the breakout star of the show. Longtime fans of Remini may recall that back when she co-hosted the CBS daytime chatfest “The Talk,” her mama was a permanent fixture in the studio audience.
The new reality show will also feature Remini’s husband, Angelo Pagan, as well as their 9-year-old daughter, Sofia. In addition to Remini’s mom and sister, the actress’s brother-in-law and eccentric stepfather will be featured, while “extended family members” include Leah’s personal assistant, Sofia’s British nanny, the family’s housekeeper and even a few cameramen and a producer, according to Deadline.
The series comes from “Duck Dynasty” producer Gurney Productions, and Remini predicts it could pave the way for future endeavors for her family members. “Beware – In these last 13 weeks of working on the show, my mother and stepfather already feel they are the true talent and breakouts of the show and expect to be offered sitcoms,” she said in a press release.
While the actress still stars on the TV Land sitcom “The Exes,” earlier this year she talked about some of her earlier TV roles, which included “Saved By the Bell,” the “Who’s The Boss” spinoff, “Living Dolls,” and of course, her career defining sitcom, “The King of Queens.”
“There are no words to describe it,” Remini told Buzzfeed of the 2007 end of the long running CBS comedy. “I’m still mourning that loss. I can’t really watch the reruns because I still feel that show in my bones.”
“Leah Remini: It’s All Relative” premieres Thursday, July 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET on TLC.