Why Leah Remini Thinks Tony Dovolani Should Win a Mirrorball for Something Other Than Dancing on ‘Dancing With the Stars’
Tony Dovolani, a professional dancer, was paired with Leah Remini in season 17 of Dancing With the Stars, a popular ABC program. At the time, the King of Queens alum was making news for speaking out against the Church of Scientology, which she had been a member of since infancy before loudly leaving. Remini praised her dance partner for assisting her through a turbulent moment, despite the pressure of hitting the ballroom while being the subject of tabloids.
Tony Dovolani of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ became Leah Remini’s ‘faithful buddy.’
When she joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars for season 17, Remini was thrown into the deep end. Despite the fact that she expected extended rehearsals, she was barraged with queries from the press regarding her views on the Church of Scientology. Dovolani quickly became a valuable partner in dealing with the press.
In her memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, she claimed, “Tony physically and practically held my hand through the first weeks of the show.” “When I was asked a question regarding Scientology, he knew I was on the edge of tears, and he would always urge, ‘Come on, buddy. Talk about a gal that simply danced her ass off.’ He did it over and over.”
Studio executives hoped to profit from Remini’s public feud with the church, but Dovolani protected her right to privacy.
Remini claimed that when the producers pressed him to talk about quitting the church during public rehearsals, he declined. “On my behalf, he stood up to everyone. … I wish they awarded mirror balls for being an extraordinarily loyal friend, protector, and therapist. Because Tony would certainly win it, all while attempting to teach me a cha-cha. For that, I will always be indebted to him.”
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