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Kevin Can Wait shakeup: Erinn Hayes exits CBS sitcom

‘Very sad,’ Hayes tweeted, thanking the ‘wonderful fans’ of the show for their support

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Big change is coming to Kevin Can Wait on CBS.

EW has confirmed that Erinn Hayes, who has played Kevin James’ wife Donna since the comedy launched last September, is leaving the show. Word is the sitcom, which stars James as a retired police officer with three kids, has decided to go in a different creative direction, EW has learned. TVLine was first to report the news.

Retweeting an article announcing the news, Hayes added, in part, “Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans.”

On Friday, the comedy made its first big change by announcing that Leah Remini — who has recurred on the comedy as a tough detective named Vanessa Cellucci¬† — will become a series regular in season 2. Remini played James’ wife in their long-running CBS comedy The King of Queens.¬†Kevin Can Wait averaged more than 9 million viewers in its first season.