Some fans buried “Kevin Can Wait” for how it handled the death of Kevin James’ sitcom wife Donna on the season premiere Monday.
The show addressed her passing during a quick scene in which James opened a form letter from Donna’s old gym saying it missed her. James character said he missed her, too, and followed with a joke about a kung fu lesson coupon.
The episode didn’t explain how she died.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) September 26, 2017
CBS announced in early August it would kill off Hayes’ character. CBS president Kelly Kahl promised the death would be treated “with dignity and respect.”
But that’s not how it went down in the Season 2 debut, according to some Twitter users.
— Derick Michael (@DThePackageDeal) September 26, 2017
Wow. Really. #KevinCanWait just casually mentions his wife “died over a year ago”. Just to bring Leah Remini back. Sad and distasteful
— Nathan Reed (@nathanreed001) September 26, 2017
Never watching #kevincanwait again. Killing off your wife and mother of your children isn't really that funny. Erinn Hayes was hilarious.
— Jack Wunschel (@drummerjack) September 26, 2017
— Eli Falcon (@EliJfalcon) September 26, 2017
— Sylvia McCorkle M.S. (@mrsssmac) September 26, 2017
— Alyce Weikel (@AlyceWeikel) September 26, 2017
just watched cbs ssn 2 premiere of kevin can wait...couldnt even make it to the end.distasteful way to kill donna. @hayeslady will be missed
— Saul Rodriguez (@SaulRdrgz) September 26, 2017
CBS did the wife from Kevin Can Wait so dirty for no reason
— Jordan Frankel (@jordan_frankel) September 26, 2017
— Kelena Sothersby (@Tua_motu) September 26, 2017
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