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'Kevin Can Wait': Erinn Hayes Responds to Leaving Show Ahead of Season Two

'Kevin Can Wait': Erinn Hayes Responds to Leaving Show Ahead of Season Two

One day after CBS’ Kevin Can Wait signed on King Of QueensLeah Remini as a series regular, Erinn Hayes has announced that she will not be coming back for season two.

“True, I’ve been let go from the show,” Erinn tweeted on Saturday (June 3). “Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.”

Erinn played Kevin James‘ on-screen wife, Donna, in the sitcom.

In the season finale, Donna quit her job, leaving both herself and James without work – just as Leah‘s character was introduced – so it appears that the show is heading in a new creative direction.

Kevin Can Wait ranked as this past season’s No. 1 new comedy in total viewers. (via Deadline)

Don’t miss season two when it premieres on September 25 on CBS!

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  • CorteZForever

    Why? I dont want Leah to be in this, so much makeup and botus in her face. Poor Erinn, she just cant catch a break. I dont think Erinn has even been in a sitcom for more than a season, its really sad and unfair but I guess we dont know the full story.

  • Mary Stonehouse

    Next season will be “Jump the Shark” time!

  • Sarahh182

    Whyy? & How will they justify that?! I think it’s a bad move for the show.. it needs better storylines, not a change in the cast.

  • Abby

    Looks like they are trying to remake “King of Queens” by letting her go and hiring Leah Remini.

  • gonebabygone

    The King of Queens was great in it’s day. But I really liked Erinn as his wife. And Leah was basically playing Carrie if she was cop. Still Leah’s face look so botoxed up I can’t even picture her as Carrie anymore. Should just leave the show alone.

  • gonebabygone

    Yes, Leah doesn’t look like Leah anymore. Too much botox and makeup. My bet is it’s a dream season and you will see King of Queens back.

  • Wendy

    What? How are they going to write out the wife? Have them get divorced? That doesn’t sound good….I actually like her. I like Leah Remini but this isn’t King of Queens…

  • Wendy

    What? How are they going to write out the wife? Have them get divorced? That doesn’t sound good….I actually like her. I like Leah Remini but this isn’t King of Queens…

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  • Unaffiliated Voter

    So I take it that Leah Remini is going to be playing a homewrecker? Why on Earth would they outright fire Kevin’s wife (I take it that she probably wanted more money or said something behind the scenes)? I honestly didn’t care for her (or this show) too much, as I only really tuned in whenever guest stars were on.

    In any case, they tried something like this with “Family Matters” after Jo Marie Payton (the original “Harriete Winslow”) left and it didn’t work. Keep in mind that I loved “The King of Queens” but bringing back Leah Remini on a full time basis alongside Kevin James will feel too much like a rehashed version of the old show.

    With that being said, something tells me that Season 2 will likely be the last for “Kevin Can Wait” after this. If it gets renewed again, I will be stunned.

  • Dini

    Bad idea. I was a regular KOQ viewer and still watch the reruns, and only an occasional viewer of Kevin Can Wait, but was planning to catch up on summer reruns. Now I’m so disgusted by this weird turn of events that I don’t even care if the show succeeds or not, and almost hope it doesn’t.