remini230.jpgThey can put her down but they can't break her! On Saturday night, Leah Remini, 43, made her first public appearance since her highly publicized break from the Church of Scientology earlier this month and at the star-studded event the actress spoke openly about the rift.

"I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about. It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to," the actress told People.

The former King of Queens star was raised in the church and allegedly came into the cross hairs of the religious organization after questioning some of its practices. On Saturday's red carpet, the actress also talked openly about receiving support from her family during the ordeal, saying, "We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about."

Earlier this month, Remini gave a statement in which she thanked her fans for sticking by her. "I wish to share my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the overwhelming positive response I have received from the media, my colleagues, and from fans around the world. I am truly grateful and thankful for all your support."

In other news, The Talk's former co-host has also shed a little light on her future plans, which includes a return to TV. "I'm deciding to do something right now and we'll know in the next week. It will be television. It might be in the reality, sitcom world," she told Us Weekly.