Be care­ful what you wish for

The TV Guide - - Filthy Rich - Story: Kerry Har­vey

Erinn Hayes can’t wait to get back to New Zealand and, iron­i­cally, now she has time to make the trip.

The Kevin Can Wait (TVNZ 2, Wed­nes­day) star was axed from the show two days after she told TV Guide how much she was look­ing for­ward to its sec­ond se­ries – and how keen she was to find time to re­visit the hol­i­day home her fa­ther and his broth­ers own in Golden Bay.

“The only sure thing about tele­vi­sion is that all shows end,” Hayes said. “You just never know what kind of ride you are go­ing to go on.”

At the time, she was ex­cited that her hus­band had taken time off from his ca­reer so the fam­ily could move to New York for the show’s sec­ond sea­son.

“Last sea­son it was just me com­mut­ing back and forth be­tween Cal­i­for­nia, where my fam­ily live, and New York, where we shoot the show, and that was tricky and ter­ri­ble so this year we’re all mov­ing out to New York,” the mother of two said.

Hayes’ ride came to a halt two days later, when CBS an­nounced the ac­tress had been fired from the show in which she plays Donna, the wife of re­tired New York cop Kevin (Kevin James).

Hayes con­firmed the news on Twit­ter,

writ­ing, “True, I’ve been let go from the show. Very sad, I had a great ex­pe­ri­ence sea­son 1. Thank you for all the sup­port from our won­der­ful fans.”

Sources say the de­ci­sion to fire Hayes was a mat­ter of the show go­ing in a dif­fer­ent cre­ative di­rec­tion, and not a re­flec­tion of the ac­tress’ per­for­mance.

De­tails are be­ing kept un­der wraps about how Donna’s fail­ure to re­turn in sea­son two will be ex­plained but she will be re­placed by Leah Rem­ini, who played James’ wife for nine years on The King Of Queens. Rem­ini, who Hayes de­scribed as “a nice lady and a real pro”, guest-starred in the show’s sea­son fi­nale (yet to screen in New Zealand) as Kevin’s for­mer work col­league, a tough, wise-crack­ing po­lice of­fi­cer named Vanessa Cel­lucci. She is ex­pected to reprise that role in Kevin Can Wait.

Kevin James and Erinn Hayes

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