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Posted: October 18, 2017

Kevin James explains why his 'Kevin Can Wait' TV wife was killed off

Kevin James Explains Why His TV Wife Was Killed Off After One Season

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Kevin James explains why his 'Kevin Can Wait' TV wife was killed off
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: 'Chore Weasel' -- Kevin thinks he's got it made when he hires Blake (Andy Ridings) via a new online app that supplies people to do household chores while he plays football with his buddies and then takes all the credit with Donna, on KEVIN CAN WAIT, Monday, Oct. 3 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Erinn Hayes, Kevin James. (Photo by Michael Parmelee/CBS via Getty Images)

By Nicole Moschella, Rare.us

"Kevin Can Wait" star Kevin James is finally talking about what led to the sudden death of Erinn Hayes’ character, Donna.

James told the New York Daily News that the decision did not have anything to do with Hayes, but because they were out of story ideas.

“I get that people are like, ‘Whoa, why would you do this?’ But it really felt like a thing like this was needed for this show to drive forward,” he said.

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According to James, the show was initially meant to portray him as a single father, but he and producers decided to write in a wife and three children. For the show to live beyond the first two seasons, things apparently needed to change.

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“The plot of the show didn’t have enough drive,” James said. “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.”

James’ former TV wife from “King of Queens,” Leah Remini, has since signed on as a series regular.

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After Remini’s character was announced, Hayes took to Twitter to let fans know that she was out.

“True, I’ve been let go from the show,” she wrote. “Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.”

>> See the tweet here


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