- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The “King of Queens” once more shall reign beside his queen. Sort of.

Earlier this year, CBS confirmed that Leah Remini was joining the Kevin James sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” as a main character in the show’s sophomore season. On Tuesday, the network confirmed it has killed off a main character from the first season.

Variety reported Tuesday that CBS confirmed it has written out Erinn Hayes’ character Donna — who played Mr. James’ wife — and that the new season jumps forward in time a bit to pick up on the relationship between Mr. James’s character, retired NYPD officer Kevin Gable, and Ms. Remini, who played Officer Vanessa Cellucci in 3 episodes last season.

Mr. James and Ms. Remini starred as Doug and Carrie Heffernan in CBS’s “King of Queens,” which ran from 1998 to 2007.

Ms. Hayes was released from “Kevin Can Wait” in June and weeks later was tapped to be a co-star in a forthcoming Amazon comedy series, “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” Deadline Hollywood reported in July.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Ms. Hayes had no say in how her character was to be written off.

It remains to be seen how fans of the show will adapt to the new casting. As Cinema Blend reported in June, Ms. Hayes “did seem to have a pretty sizable fanbase on Kevin Can Wait, too, as part of the Internet’s response to the big switch-up has been in Hayes’ corner, with some insulted viewers claiming they won’t be watching anymore because of it.”

The second season of “Kevin Can Wait” will premiere Sept. 25, at 9 p.m. EST.

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