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Erinn Hayes Exits CBS’ ‘Kevin Can Wait’

Series is Said to Be Going in a Different Creative Direction

Erinn Hayes, who portrayed Kevin James’ wife Donna in season one of CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” will not be returning next season. The news came right after the network announced that Leah Remini, who guest-starred in the two-part season-ender last month as James’ former colleague Vanessa Cellucci, has been upgraded to a series regular.

There is no news at present how the writers will address Hayes’ absence or how Remini will be featured. The sitcom is said to be heading in a different creative direction.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. In my opinion, that is a shame. The interaction between the two of them was the best part of the show. I don’t know that I will watch it if it focuses on the ex-partner cop aspect.

  2. well that sucks. she was great and their chemistry worked. not sure i’ll continue watching if the family dynamic isn’t the focus.