'Kevin Can Wait' Is Killing Off Erinn Hayes's Character

Kelly Massey
August 4, 2017

USA Today reports the second season of the hit show will be retooled, meaning they're killing off Kevin's wife "to make room" for a character played by Leah Remini. After James' on-screen reunion with former King Of Queens co-star Leah Remini, Hayes was basically pushed aside so that Remini could have a permanent spot on the show. They are banking on the team-up's familiarity as Remini and Kevin James used to lead another CBS comedy, "King of Queens". Viewers will be able to sort out their feelings on the matter when they tune in (or don't) for the season 2 premiere of Kevin Can Wait slated for September 25.

"The character will have passed away", Thom Sherman, the network's senior executive vice president of programming, told reporters on Tuesday (Aug. 1) at the TCA summer press tour. "Genuine, I've been given up from the show", she composed on Twitter at the time. "Obviously, the chemistry [between James and Remini] was awesome in the stunt episodes".

"CBS finally explained how "#Kevin Can Wait" will handle #Erinn Hayes exit as Donna in #Season 2. "When everyone collectively saw how Kevin and Leah worked together in the last few episodes there was an undeniable spark there. Ultimately this what was decided with the producers that this was the best way to move forward".

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Kevin Can Wait will have a nine- or 10-month jump so the TV family will have time to cope with the death. "It will be something that will have taken place in the past".

Remini officially announced in early June that she was going to be joining the cast of Kevin Can Wait full time. She was invited back as a regular when Hayes was let go. All that is known now is what was revealed at the end of Season 1.

As you might imagine, fans of the sitcom weren't thrilled about this news.

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