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

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Nicole Thomas | 02 August, 2017, 02:57

Kahl told reporters that Hayes was a "terrific actress", but that the chemistry between James and Remini was undeniable when they reunited for the two-part Kevin Can Wait finale earlier this year.

On Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour, CBS executives revealed that Hayes' character will be killed off, in order to handle the casting shakeup.

Hayes confirmed her exit from the show via tweet in June.

Kahl also added that James' character "will date at some point" but insiders at CBS caution that there is no plan to turn Kevin Can Wait into the new King of Queens. Kahl noted that Remini wasn't originally brought in to see if she might replace Hayes; but after seeing the dynamic between her and James, the network and studio "wanted to keep that magic and chemistry going forward".

When asked if Hayes had input on how her character would leave the show, CBS Entertainment chief Kelly Kahl simply said "no". After a highly rated two-episode guest arc in May, she'll permanently join the show next season, leading to the obvious question: Is "Kevin Can Wait" about to become "The King of Queens 2.0?" It sounds like the script will work in Donna Gable's death, perhaps in passing, and move forward swiftly with Kevin and Vanessa's plot.

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"It's something that will have taken place in the past", he said. "Obviously, the chemistry [between James and Remini] was wonderful in the stunt episodes".

Kevin Can Wait season 2 premieres on CBS on Monday, September 25, at 9 p.m. ET.

The first season of Kevin Can Wait was very successful, so getting rid of one of the stars was a curious decision. "True, I've been let go from the show", she wrote on Twitter at the time.

Now comes another shocker: Hayes' character, Donna, will be killed off!

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