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Kris Jenner and Leah Remini Have More in Common Than You Think

Hint: It has something to do with handling some big-time demands. 

OK, so it shouldn't be too shocking to learn that Kris Jenner and Leah Remini share some common ground. We mean they are both cool, tough female bosses and small-screen stars. But it turns out they also understand the demands of working with family and hearing the occasional query of "Where's my check?" as Kris put it in a recent interview she and Leah sat down together for The Hollywood Reporter.

Leah and Kris have both appeared on reality shows with their family and revealed what it's really like to mix business and family. "Imagine working with your mom!" Leah joked about working with her on their show Leah Remini: It's All Relative, adding that they ended the series "because my mother's a pain in the ass, OK?"

It's a sentiment that momager Kris more than understands, she noted, "That's how my kids feel, trust me."

But Leah's mom wasn't the only demanding person during production. Her daughter, Sofia, also had a diva-like wish list for her mama. "She just wanted gifts! She wanted to be gifted things. And I was like, 'I don't know if TLC does that. Read your contract.' She had a whole list. 'I want this Gucci thing, I want …' I was like, 'Slow your roll, please.' And then my mother is giving me a note like, 'You shouldn't wear black all the time,' and 'You're looking a little heavier now.' It's not an easy thing to work with your family," the former King of Queens star shared. "And then you are constantly being barraged with insults toward you, toward your kids, toward anybody who is around. We're putting our life out there for entertainment. You don't need to make a comment about the way I look or the way my daughter looks. Imagine walking down the street and somebody going, 'You look like s***.' Or, 'I don't love that jacket, buddy.'"

Kris gets what it's like to have everyone have an opinion about every aspect of you and your family's life. And it's something the KarJenners have become more than good at handling. "Kim leads the pack, and she's the queen of thick skin. She counsels everybody else. So if something happens in the family, she's the first one you call. 'What should I do? How should I handle this?' But it's my grandchildren who I worry about because I have six of them; the oldest just turned 7, and my youngest is 6 months old, and they don't have a choice," the Keeping Up With the Kardashians matriarch shared. "And I worry, I do, because it is such a bullying environment."

It's one of the reasons why Leah shifted her focus from sharing her life on TV to putting a spotlight on the Church of Scientology on her docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath. "I'm sure everybody in the public eye hears, 'Well, you should be used to it by now.' But I'm like, 'What?! Do you think that we in the public eye should be immune to having insults hurled at us all day?'" she said. "It's not easy to put your family on TV. I did it for two seasons [on Leah Remini: It's All Relative], and I was like, 'I'm out.'"

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