The title of the upcoming show, which plans to use a mix of the single-camera and multi-camera formats to tell a story deconstructing the sitcom wife trope, is clearly a reference to CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait, which notoriously killed off Hayes’ wife character to make more room for a King of Queens reunion between fellow leads Kevin James and Leah Remini.
Asked about Kevin Can F— Himself in a conversation with Vulture, Hayes said she’s read that script and has reached out. “It’s so good, and I’d kill to be in it,” she said. “The angle [creator Valerie Armstrong] takes on telling this particular story has nothing to do with me. It has nothing to do with Kevin James. It’s just exploring the trope [of the wife supporting the husband].”
Hayes said she does worry that her being cast on the show would become a distraction, with folks saying “Oh, it’s Erinn Hayes, who was killed off Kevin Can Wait,” but adds that “the part they’ve written is so full and so interesting. They just did a great job, and 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.”
EW has reached out to AMC for comment on Hayes being considered for the series.