'Kevin Can Wait’ Star: Erinn Hayes' Character 'Was By no means Meant to Final'

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Chris Roach, who performs Mott on CBS’ Kevin Can Wait, was completely blown away the primary time he noticed Leah Remini be a part of Kevin James on the present, he revealed in an interview with Chanel Omari on StarShop on Monday, October 23.

Kevin James and Chris Roach on Kevin Can Wait
Kevin James and Chris Roach on Kevin Can Wait. Jeffrey Neumann/CBS

“There have been some modifications over the summer season,” Roach, 38, advised Omari, referencing the recasting. Donna, performed by Erinn Hayes, was killed off on the finish of season 1 and later changed by James’ longtime King of Queens costar. “I believed Erinn and Kevin had nice chemistry on season 1, and I’d hear individuals go round and say, ‘however it’s important to see the chemistry between Leah and Kevin? It’s plain and magnetic. I didn’t actually perceive till I noticed it for myself. If you see it, you’re like, ‘Okay now I get it.’ The 2 of them collectively are simply magnetic. She makes him extra humorous.”

“It was by no means private to kill off Erinn Hayes’ character,” he added. “The entire level of the present was that they wanted extra of a storyline to proceed the sequence. Erinn’s character was by no means meant to final. She was superb whereas it lasted. The reality is her getting killed off the present abruptly was the purpose Kevin was attempting to make: in actual life, these items can occur and typically will not be explainable, as a result of that’s life. He needed to painting that genuine message by way of out the sequence.”

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Kevin James and Erinn Hayes on Kevin Can Wait
Kevin James and Erinn Hayes on Kevin Can Wait. David M. Russell/CBS

Followers of the present have been shocked when Hayes didn’t return for season 2 and so they needed solutions. In an October 14 interview, James defined that all of it got here all the way down to storyline. “The plot of the present didn’t have sufficient drive,” he advised the New York Each day Information. “If we obtained by way of a second season, I wouldn’t see us getting by way of a 3rd one. We have been actually simply working out of concepts.”

Following the interview, followers have been much more sad. After they started tweeting their disappointment with the present, Hayes confirmed her appreciation by liking many of the messages.

One consumer wrote, “We have been actually simply working out of concepts” – Kevin James. Based mostly off this I don’t count on your present to final very lengthy @hayeslady is healthier off,” and she or he appreciated it. She additionally appreciated a tweet saying, “If Kevin Can Wait, so can we — so that you can have a much bigger profession than him!!!”

The present has not but revealed how Donna died, however determined to kill her off “out of respect for the character,” govt producer Rob Lengthy beforehand mentioned. “The purpose was to offer Kevin’s character an actual drive and an actual predicament [involving] how a household comes again collectively [after tragedy],” he advised TVLine.

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“True, I’ve been let go from the present. Very unhappy, I had an important expertise season 1,” Hayes tweeted when the information broke. “Thanks for all of the help from our great followers.”

Kevin Can Wait airs on CBS on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET.

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