Erinn Hayes Exits CBS's KEVIN CAN WAIT; Leah Remini Joins as Series Regular

Erinn Hayes, who stars as Kevin James' sitcom wife Donna in the hit CBS comedy KEVIN CAN WAIT, turned to Twitter today to confirm reports that she will be leaving the show. Sources tell Variety that her departure is due to "the show going in a different creative direction, and not a reflection of the actress' performance." Check out the post below.

It was recently announced that Leah Remini has signed on as series regular for the show's sophomore season. In the Season 1 finale she appeared in the role of Vanessa Cellucci, an undercover cop and the former partner of James' character. James and Remini starred together as husband and wife on CBS's KING OF QUEENS, which aired for nine seasons.

KEVIN CAN WAIT stars Kevin James as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. Kevin's retirement plans consist of chilling with his family and having epic adventures with fellow retirees Goody, his former partner and close friend, and Duffy, his oldest pal, as well as his brother, Kyle, a fireman whose closest encounter with a blaze would be a grease fire in the firehouse kitchen. However, Kevin's dream is jeopardized when he discovers that Donna, his wonderful wife of 20 years, has shielded him from key family info while he worked overtime protecting the community. Their usually reliable eldest, Kendra is dropping out of college so she can support her unemployed fiancé, Chale, while he designs the next "big app"; his teenage daughter, Sara has budding anger-management issues; and their youngest, Jack is a bit of a hypochondriac. For now, his plans for a cushy life will have to wait, because Kevin has work to do, and this time, his family is his beat.

Photo credit: Jeff Neumann/CBS

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