Kevin James Explains Why Kevin Can Wait Killed Off Erinn Hayes's Character

Kevin James Explains Why Kevin Can Wait Killed Off Erinn Hayes's Character

James defended the move by saying they were "literally just running out of ideas".

"If we got through a second season, I wouldn't see us getting through a third one", he said.

According to James, the show was initially meant to portray him as a single father but he and producers chose to write in a wife and three children.

Kevin Can Wait airs Mondays on CBS. "In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Kevin James admits that the death of Hayes's character, briefly acknowledged in the series" season two opener and referenced occasionally throughout, was a narrative necessity created to give the series new life.

"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", James explained. "And it deals with things in a different, weightier way".

"Kevin Can Wait's" female lead was promptly replaced with Leah Remini, who starred as James' wife on "King of Queens" from 1997 to 2007. At that point, the creators of the show decided a good way to create the needed story to propel the show into future seasons would be to kill Kevin's wife.

Neither Remini or James will say when romantic sparks are going to fly between their two characters - but it's probably going to happen.


James admits that the positive reception to Remini's guest spot last season made producers eager to find a way to bring her onboard full-time.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, the actor opened up about the controversial choice, which blindsided actress Erinn Hayes, who played Kevin's wife, Donna.

"Fans loved it, everybody on the crew loved it", James said. "Very sad, I had a great experience season 1".

What remains unclear is whether Hayes was aware of this all along, or if her exit was just as much of a surprise to her as it was to the rest of us.

"True, I've been let go from the show", she wrote.

Sound off! What do you think of Kevin James's reasoning behind killing off Erinn Hayes' character on Kevin Can Wait?

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