When news first broke that actress Erinn Hayes would be written off the CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait—and effectively be replaced by Leah Remini, Kevin James’s old King of Queens costar—some questions naturally arose.
We already knew that Hayes’s character, Donna, would be killed off; we just didn’t know how she would die—or, perhaps even more crucially, how the series would handle her conspicuously sudden absence.
And as it turned out, the show handled Donna’s demise with exactly as much subtlety and delicacy as one would expect from a Kevin James show.
Well, perhaps this won’t be the end of her story after all; when news of Donna’s imminent death first broke, CBS President Kelly Kahl promised that the reveal would “be treated with dignity and respect, and the show will move forward.” Maybe that means we’ll hear more about this as the season progresses, and Kevin processes his grief.
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