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Leah Remini Gets Emotional Over Emmy Win for Scientology Show

It’s been a long road for Leah Remini and she’s definitely lost some friends (most notably, Kirstie Alley) along the way but she’s getting to have the last laugh.

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The actress, who might be best known for her long-standing role on the now defunct show, The King of Queens, chose to leave Scientology and tell her side of the story. She doesn’t hold any punches, either. She interviews people, including some who used to be very high ranking in the religion, and provides this insight for her audience on Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. ”

This week, she took home an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series and, backstage, she became clearly emotional as she thanked everyone involved, the “brave contributors who [worked on the series] despite ongoing risk and repercussions. It’s not an easy job, but they were the ones putting their stories out there for everyone to hear. And we are honored to be the vessel to tell these stories. It’s about doing the right thing. This doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to our contributors.”

Prior to the event, she told Entertainment Tonight: “For our contributors it’s amazing [to be nominated]. They are here tonight with us as our guests and we couldn’t be more honored to be their voice. To be able for them to tell their stories through us is a humbling experience.”

In addition to sharing personal stories, the show “investigates the alleged clandestine activities of the church and their practices. The Church of Scientology has roundly denied the claims made in the series and have publicly questioned the credibility of the show’s contributors.”

The second season of Scientology and the Aftermath is well underway, premiering on August 15, 2017. If you’re interested in catching new episodes, they air on Tuesday nights at 9pm on A&E.

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