Season 2 of "Kevin Can Wait" will include a lot more "King of Queens" and no more Erinn Hayes. Right after it was announced that Leah Remini would be joining the CBS sitcom as a series regular in Season 2 -- returning to her role as police officer Vanessa Cellucci, opposite her old "The King of Queens" co-star Kevin James -- it was revealed that Hayes would not be returning for Season 2 as Kevin's wife Donna.

Apparently Hayes leaving is part of a creative reboot for the show, TVLine said, and even though it's not clear how they will write off her character, the Season 1 finale ended with Donna quitting her job as a school nurse when she was passed up for promotion. Kevin had just finished up a temporary return to the police force to work undercover with his old partner (played by Remini).

Erinn Hayes addressed the news by retweeting a Deadline story and confirming that she didn't ask to leave the show, she was "let go":

Read Moviefone's Q&A with Erinn Hayes from December 2016.

At least Leah Remini is happy to be reunited with her old "King of Queens" hubby:

Dreams do come true #blessed #grateful

A post shared by Leah Remini (@leahremini) on

"Kevin Can Wait" Season 2 premieres September 25 on CBS.

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Based on 23 critics

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CBSTVPGSeptember 19, 2016
Based on 17 critics

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