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Kevin James Explains Why Erinn Hayes Was Killed Off His Show

Fans were outraged at the way Kevin Can Wait dealt with the firing of Erinn Hayes and the way her character’s death was mentioned on the show and now the show’s star Kevin James is speaking out.

“I get that people are like ‘Whoa, why would you do this?’ But it really felt like a thing like this was needed for this show to drive forward,” Kevin said in a new interview with New York Daily News.

The 52-year-old actor says that killing off the character was a way to move the plot of the show and open it up to new story possibilities.

“Now, I have to deal with my daughter in a different way, and she’s gonna go to college, or one’s getting married, or the holidays. And it deals with things in a different, weightier way,” he said.

“The plot of the show didn’t have enough drive,” Kevin added. “If we got through a second season, I wouldn’t see us getting through a third one. We were literally just running out of ideas.”

Here’s how the death of the show’s matriarch was handled on the season two premiere.

'Kevin Can Wait' Death: Here's How Erinn Hayes Was Killed Off

Erinn Hayes was fired from her role as the female lead on Kevin Can Wait following the end of season one and her character’s death was addressed in the season two premiere.

At the beginning of the episode, viewers found out that Donna died over a year ago after Kevin James‘ self-titled character finds a piece of mail addressed to her.

“We haven’t seen you, we miss you,” a postcard from Donna’s gym read. After reading the note, Kevin added, “You know what, so do I.”

Taylor Spreitler, who plays the daughter of Kevin and Donna, took the postcard and said, “I will call them right now. It’s been over a year since she died, they shouldn’t still be sending this.”

Kevin then makes a joke to note throw out the postcard because there’s a coupon on it that he wants to use.

Viewers were shocked out how the show barely even took a minute to address the death of the show’s female lead. Erinn has been replaced on the show by Kevin‘s former The King of Queens co-star Leah Remini.

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Leah Remini Shares First Photos from 'Kevin Can Wait' Season 2 Set!

Leah Remini is hard at work on the upcoming second season of Kevin Can Wait and she has shared the first photos from set.

“It’s been an amazing first week on Kevin Can Wait, so blessed that I had my family with me,” Leah captioned the photos on Instagram. “Thank you to all who came out tonight, cast, crew, writers, thank you for the love!”

Kevin James is seen with a full beard in the photo. The former King of Queens co-stars are reuniting for the upcoming season of the CBS sitcom.

Leah is replacing former leading lady Erinn Hayes, who was let go after one season on the show.

“and thank you to @Casper for the gift, now my daughter and I can get cozy in our new mattress!” Leah added with another photo.

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CBS Unveils Trailers for 'Star Trek,' 'MacGyver' & More!

Matt LeBlanc and James Corden arrive for the 2016 CBS Upfront at The Plaza on Wednesday (May 18) in New York City.

The guys were joined by fellow personalities from the network, including Brenda Song, Odette Annable, Dermot Mulroney, Joel McHale, Kevin James, Freddy Rodriguez, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

That same day, CBS unveiled trailers for their new series MacGyver, Bull, Pure Genius, Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan, The Great Indoors, and Training Day.

Watch them below!


Star Trek Trailer

45+ pictures inside, plus more CBS fall trailers…More Here! »

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