'Kevin Can Wait': Why CBS Is Killing Off Erinn Hayes' Character

Kelvin Reese
August 3, 2017

When word arrived that Hayes' character would be killed off on the show to clear the runway for the increased Remini role. Known for clashing with the show's producers, Remini was sacked from the show after one season.

James plays a retired police officer on the series.

Hello and goodbye to a wife for Kevin James.

"The character will have passed away", CBS programming manager Thom Sherman clarified at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Variety reports. After the case was closed, Kevin came home to his wife and learned that Donna has quit her job as a school nurse. "Obviously the chemistry was unbelievable in the stunt episode, so we chose to continue this chemistry".

CBS comedy series Kevin Can Wait ended its first season with a casting shakeup, with Leah Remini replacing original female lead Erinn Hayes. "Kevin, the studios and the network all got together and wanted to keep that magic and chemistry going forward".

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Regarding speculation that the show is essentially turning into The King of Queens, Sherman said, "No, I don't think so". For those who don't know, James and Remini share a long history with each other, depicting a married couple on another CBS comedy, King of Queens. The big question was how the series would address her departure and now we have our answer: she will be killed.

Remini's appearances on the show were as a stunt, not a tryout, Kahl said.

Kevin Can Wait will have a nine- or 10-month jump so the TV family will have time to cope with the death.

"True, I've been let go from the show", Hayes wrote on social media after news of her exit broke. "Ultimately this what was decided with the producers that this was the best way to move forward".

"I'm not sure we can make that hilarious", he said, noting Hayes had no say in how Donna was being written out.

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