Erinn Hayes will guest on another ‘Kevin’ show | #entertainment | #news

Erinn Hayes, who played Kevin James’ wife on “Kevin Can Wait” before producers killed off her character in order to reunite James with his “The King of Queens” co-star Leah Remini, will appear in the AMC meta-series “Kevin Can [Expletive] Himself.” 

“It’s true!” tweeted “Medical Police” Emmy Award nominee Hayes, who turns 46 next Wednesday, linking to the network’s Twitter announcement of the casting. “So fun doing the show. Can’t wait for you all to see!”

The hourlong “Kevin Can [Expletive] Himself,” while unrelated to the 2016-18 CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” nonetheless comments on that and other shows’ trope of an attractive, long-suffering wife married to an overweight man-child. Divided into a sitcom portion and a dramatically shot portion, it stars Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”) as the desperately sick-and-tired-of-it wife, who now plots to kill her husband (Eric Petersen).

Hayes’ episode, two images from which AMC posted in its tweet, has already been shot and will be the season-2 finale, Hayes said on Instagram Stories, where posts cycle out after 24 hours. “Had so much fun shooting the episode … Talk about a full circle moment. Can’t wait to see it. Finale of season 2!” she wrote.

“Kevin Can Wait” had replaced Hayes, who played Donna Gable, wife of James’ retired-cop character Kevin Gable, with James’ former co-star Remini from the 1998—2007 CBS hit “The King of Queens.” Donna’s absence was explained in the season-two premiere with an allusion to her having died. Remini played a different character, security professional and new love interest Vanessa Cellucci. The show, set in Massapequa and shot in Bethpage, was canceled after that second season.

“True, I’ve been let go from the show,” Hayes had tweeted in June 2017. “Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.” In November 2018, when “Kevin Can [Expletive] Himself” was announced, she tweeted, “omg,” with three laughing-so-hard-I’m crying emoji. 

In a January 2020 interview with the New York magazine website, a year-and-a-half before the show premiered, Hayes said she had reached out to the “Kevin Can [Expletive] Himself” producers “because I wanted to see what their take on it was. And it’s so good.”

She said she understood she would not be cast in the lead. “That would be a story in itself, and I don’t know if they’d want to make the casting a story. … Because then it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s Erinn Hayes, who was killed off ‘Kevin Can Wait.’ It makes that part of the story.” But, she added, “I’m excited to see how the show turns out whether or not I ever get a chance to read for it or be a part of it in any way.”


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