Why was Donna killed off on Kevin Can Wait? Recently, Kevin James spoke with the NY Daily News about Erinn Hayes’ departure from the CBS TV show, TVLine reports.
As reported earlier, Hayes’ character Donna was killed off the comedy after only one season. The character was replaced by Leah Remini in season two, which premiere last month. The cast also includes Mary-Charles Jones, James DiGiacomo, Taylor Spreitler, Ryan Cartwright, Leonard Earl Howze, Gary Valentine, and Lenny Venito.
In the interview, James explained why Hayes was fired, saying Kevin Can Wait was running out of ideas:
It really felt like this was needed for this show to drive forward. The [premise] of the show didn’t have enough drive. 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.”
Later, James revealed replacing Hayes with Remini was a no-brainer for the CBS sitcom.
When [Leah first] came on … it was just the greatest. Fans loved it, everybody on the crew loved it. We just knew right away, so we thought, ‘How can we get her here full-time to be on the show?’”
What do you think? Do you watch Kevin Can Wait? Do you think it was right to kill off Donna?