Leah Remini, ‘Dancing With the Stars’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

On tonight’s episode of Dancing With the Stars, Leah Remini steps in for co-host Erin Andrews, opposite Tom Bergeron. Andrews will be away, covering the World Series. In excitement for her appearance on the show, Remini has stated to E!:

So excited to be back on the show, even more excited I don’t have to dance! I hope ABC has a delay, gonna speak my mind!

When Remini first got the gig of temporary co-host, she tweeted: So excited about this! Tom Bergeron, hope you can handle me! The former King of Queens star won’t be the only guest on the show as Pitbull joins the cast as a judge for the night in addition to performing his hit song “Fireball.” Read on for all the facts on Remini’s past on Dancing With the Stars, her husband, her reality show, and her battles with Scientology over the years.


1. Angelo Pagan Is Remini’s Husband

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Angelo Pagan is Remini’s long-time husband, who is also an actor. He’s appeared alongside John Travolta in the movie Swordfish and even made some appearances on Remini’s show King of Queens in the past. You can watch Pagan on the show in the above video clip at around the 7:37 mark. Currently, he’s working on a project called Restored Me. Since 1999, however, Angelo has put his management duties for Vivian’s Millennium Cafe before a lot of his acting. He co-owns the diner restaurant with Remini’s stepfather George.

Starcasm reports that Angelo has three sons from previous relationships, while he has a 10-year-old daughter with Remini named Sofia Bella. The two have been married since July 19, 2003, and Pagan proposed over a candle-lit dinner at a Los Angeles restaurant in 2002.


2. Remini Competed on DWTS on Season 17

Leah Remini & Tony | DWTS | LIVE 10-28-13Leah Remini performs in week 7 of Dancing With the Stars season 17. * Chelsea Handler makes an appearance Original Airdate: Monday October 28, 2013 (ICE-TV) WEEK 7 TEAM DANCE: Elizabeth & Val 27 (9, 9, 9) Quickstep "Dance Apocalyptic"—Janelle Monáe Brant & Peta 27 (9, 9, 9) Jive "Tutti Frutti"—Little Richard Leah & Tony 26 (9, 8, 9) Salsa "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"—Pitbull Jack & Cheryl 27 (10, 8, 9) Jive "Going Up the Country"—Canned Heat Amber & Derek 29 (10, 10, 9) Paso Doble "Diablo Rojo"—Rodrigo y Gabriela Bill E. & Emma 23 (8, 7, 8) Quickstep "Viva Las Vegas"—Elvis Presley Nicole & Sasha 27 (9, 9, 9) Samba "Hey Mama"—Black Eyed Peas Corbin & Karina Cha-cha-cha Elizabeth & Val Bill E. & Emma Nicole & Sasha Leah & Tony Team Freestyle "Bom Bom"—Sam and the Womp Amber & Derek Corbin & Karina Jack & Cheryl Brant & Peta Team Freestyle "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)"—Ylvis EXTRA TAGS: Keyshawn Johnson NFL wide receiver Sharna Burgess Eliminated 1st on September 23, 2013 Bill Nye Science education host Tyne Stecklein Eliminated 2nd on September 30, 2013 Valerie Harper Veteran television actress Tristan MacManus Eliminated 3rd on October 7, 2013 Christina Milian Singer & television hostess Mark Ballas Eliminated 4th on October 14, 2013 Elizabeth Berkley Lauren Film & television actress Valentin Chmerkovskiy Participating Corbin Bleu High School Musical star Karina Smirnoff Participating Brant Daugherty Pretty Little Liars actor Peta Murgatroyd Participating Bill Engvall Comedian & actor Emma Slater Participating Jack Osbourne Reality television star Cheryl Burke Participating Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi Jersey Shore star Sasha Farber Participating Leah Remini Actress Tony Dovolani Participating Amber Riley Glee actress & singer Derek Hough2013-10-29T04:53:21.000Z

Lisa Remini was on the 17th season of Dancing With the Stars and had Tony Dovolani as her partner. This season, Dovolani was paired with Betsey Johnson. Remini and Dovolani came in fifth place and the two still keep in touch, as you can see in the below Instagram pic.

Remini has also kept in touch with others from the DWTS cast like Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Cheryl Burke. While Remini was on the show, she had many of her A-list friends come visit in the audience to support her, like Chelsea Handler and Jennifer Lopez. Just recently, JLo and Remini were involved in a car accident where they were hit by a drunk driver. They were with their children and everyone was okay, but they were sure to document the incident on Instagram.


3. Leah Remini: It’s All Relative Is Her Most Recent Project

While Leah Cooks | Leah Remini: It's All RelativeWhile Leah cooks, she dispels the notion that her mother hates parties and listens as Vicki puzzles out the meaning of "prognostication." | For more Leah Remini, visit http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/leah-remini-its-all-relative Subscribe to TLC! | http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=tlc2014-07-28T15:00:10.000Z

With the rest of her family, Remini stars on their own reality show Leah Remini: It’s All Relative on TLC. TLC describes the show as this:

Leah’s living in Los Angeles now, but she still has her Brooklyn roots (and accent). Her day-to-day reality is about keeping her over-achieving tendencies under control and managing a household full of hijinks — and funny personalities! In the show, you’ll meet Angelo, who’s a devoted father helping run their family diner, and Sofia, who’s the spitting image of her dad with her mom’s personality. Filling out Leah’s household are her opinionated mother, Vicki; eccentric stepfather, George; down-to-earth sister Shannon; and Sofia’s British nanny.

Check out a clip from the show above.


4. Her Leaving Scientology Has Been a Huge Scandal In the Media

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Husband Angelo Pagan converted to Scientology when he was dating Leah Remini and they were married by a Scientology minister. Together, Pagan and the rest of Remini’s family joined denounced the religion in 2013. Remini was very vocal about the details and why Scientology was so toxic for her family. Remini opened up to the media about interrogations she endured from the church, “thought modifications”, encounters with the leader of the church, and being blacklisted.


5. We Also Know her as Stacey Carosi

Death to Slater – Stacey CarosiDownload @ http://bit.ly/DTSstacey http://www.facebook.com/deathtoslater http://deathtoslater.bandcamp.com Malibu Sands Episodes Saved by the Bell – Zack's Birthday Party Saved by the Bell – The Game Saved by the Bell – Fourth of July Saved by the Bell – Boss Lady Saved by the Bell – My Boyfriend's Back Saved by the Bell – The Last Weekend Saved by the Bell S03E02 Saved by the Bell S03E04 Saved by the Bell S03E06 Saved by the Bell S03E08 Saved by the Bell S03E10 Saved by the Bell S03E122014-03-17T00:01:10.000Z

We all grew to love Leah Remini when she first appeared on Saved by the Bell as Zack Morris’ love interest Stacey Carosi. The hard-ass New Yorker and daughter of Zack’s boss took some getting used to, but her tough attitude drew in viewers. Here’s a blast from the past in the above video.