Leah Remini is joining the CBS show “Kevin Can Wait” for season two after it was revealed Erinn Hayes’ character is being written out of the show so that Remini could join. The show shoots in Long Island, New York, which means Remini will be packing up her life in Los Angeles to join the show.
“It’s been really trying,” Remini says about the big move in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve never been apart from my daughter for longer than five days.”
In addition to joining “Kevin Can Wait”, Remini’s Emmy-nominated docu-series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” starts its second season on August 15. With the series bringing Remini her first-ever Emmy nomination, it’s bittersweet.
“When I was just acting, of course, it was something you always wanted,” she reveals. “Like, hey, we’re on a show for nine years, you want some recognition from your peers.” The Emmy nomination is more about the people appearing on the series and revealing their stories than Remini getting her due.
“They don’t get paid to do the show. The only thing they get is a hate website put out on them by Scientology. They get paid internet ads against them. Their families turn against them. Any award I get is for them,” she explains.
For Remini, doing the show has become about helping other people. “We’ve heard from people who were inside Scientology, who told me ‘I watched your show. I went on the internet. I decided to leave. I am fighting for my children after watching your show,'” Remini says. “We get tons of those. And it’s those moments that you go ‘Okay — we’re doing something.'”
When it comes to this year’s Emmys in September, Remini isn’t really worried about running into Scientologists like Elisabeth Moss at the awards show.
“Elisabeth Moss believes that she can’t talk to me,” Remini explains. “There’s a thing in Scientology called ‘acceptable truth.’ It means you only say what’s acceptable to the public. But she believes that I’m an antisocial personality — because I’ve spoken out against Scientology. So she isn’t allowed to talk to me. And me knowing that, I wouldn’t put her in the awkward position,” Remini continues.
If the two happen to run into each other, Remini would, of course, congratulate Moss on her Emmy nomination and possible win for “The Handmaid’s Tale”. “I don’t hold anything against Elisabeth Moss other than she’s continuing to support a group that is abusive and destroying families,” she says. “That’s for her to learn — just as I needed to learn it.”