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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 Says Scientology Wanted Her to Recruit Kevin James

Leah Remini is revealing that the Church of Scientology apparently tried to get her to recruit Kevin James, her King of Queens co-star, to the religion.

“They always tried to get me to, [asking] ‘Why is he not in? Why have you not promoted it to him?’ I was like, ‘Because he’s Catholic. He doesn’t want anything to do with it.’ They let it go after a while, but usually you’d be expected to recruit, especially with somebody you work with for nine years,” Leah told People.

Leah has documented her battle with the church after leaving in the A&E series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. The church has continuously denied her claims.

Leah is expected to reunite with Kevin on Kevin Can Wait this season.

“I got a call: ‘Do you want to do some more episodes?’ I said, ‘Yeah, of course, anything.’ They said, ‘Okay, so you’re going to be doing all the episodes.’ I was like, ‘What?! For Kevin, anything,’” Leah said. “He reached out to me and said, ‘I’m so proud of you; if you need anything, I’m here.’

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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Erinn Hayes' 'Kevin Can Wait' Character to Be Killed Off for Leah Remini

This summer, CBS made the decision to not bring back Erinn Hayes‘ character on the CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait, and instead, decided to bring in Kevin James‘ former King of Queens co-star Leah Remini.

Now it has been revealed that the character will be killed off and there will be a time jump to make sense of bringing in Leah‘s character.

“The character will have passed away and we will be moving forward in time catching up at a later date,” CBS’ Thom Sherman said at the TCA.

One reporter asked if Kevin Can Wait is going to become King of Queens, Thom responded, “No, I don’t think so. I think the show speaks for itself and stands for itself. Obviously the chemistry between Kevin and Leah was amazing in the stunt episode we did at the end of last season, and we decided we want to continue that.”

Kevin James & James Corden Play Embarrassing Sports Dads On 'Late Late Show' Sketch - Watch Here!

James Corden and Kevin James played intense soccer dads for a hilarious sketch on last night’s (April 20) episode of The Late Late Show!

The bit began with the 51-year-old Kevin Can Wait star and the 38-year-old host calmly rooting for their respective kids – Charlie and Oliver – on the bleachers, though their cheering quickly escalated into an insults face off.

“Did Charlie skip a grade or something?” asked James. Corden said no. “He’s a little smaller than the rest of the guys,” James commented.

Big signs and banners gave way to cheerleading chants and then increasingly outrageous displays to one-up each other, with stereos coming out, a DJ booth and an entire marching band.

At the end, Adam Sandler makes a cameo, playing the referee who comes over to end the competition and inform the dads that not only was the game over, but both Oliver and Charlie were missing – Watch below!

Youth Soccer Dad Battle: w/ Kevin James & Adam Sandler
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Leah Remini Will Reunite with Kevin James on 'Kevin Can Wait'

Leah Remini will be reuniting with her former The King of Queens co-star Kevin James on the upcoming two-part season finale of his new CBS comedy Kevin Can Wait.

In the two-part finale, Kevin agrees to come out of retirement briefly to reprise his undercover assignment in an ongoing police investigation where he and fellow cop Vanessa Cellucci (Remini) will, once again, pose as husband and wife.

The two-part finale will air on Monday, May 1 and Monday, May 8 at 8/7c.

The King of Queens ended in 2007 after nine seasons on the air.