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Kevin Can Wait Fans Are Not Happy With How the Show Killed Off Erinn Hayes' Character


Liam Mathews

On Monday's season premiere of Kevin Can Wait, the show revealed its new, Erinn Hayes-less incarnation. In the offseason, Hayes, who played Kevin Gable's (Kevin James) wife Donna in Season 1, was let go to make room for the full-time return of Leah Remini, who played Kevin's wife on The King of Queens and guest-starred on Kevin Can Wait's first season.

In order to explain Donna's sudden departure, Kevin Can Wait decided to kill Hayes' character off in between seasons. How Donna died was not explained in the Season 2 premiere and probably will never be, especially as the show moves on. It will settle into its new normal and forget Donna ever existed. Even in the premiere, her death was glossed over. Donna only got two brief mentions in the episode, one that confirmed it's been over a year since she died and one where her daughter said she wished Mom was there, which was kind of weird because she could have been there.

Erinn Hayes fans were not happy with how the show handled writing Donna off the show, and took to Twitter to vent.

Some people even @-mentioned Erinn Hayes to let her know they missed her.

It's not even that people are anti-Leah Remini, they just think Erinn Hayes deserved better.

This guy doesn't think the show is going far enough in turning into The King of Queens.

And this guy has a funny idea for a spin-off.

What did you think of the premiere?

Kevin Can Wait airs Mondays at 9/8c on CBS.

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