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Kevin Can Wait on Monday killed off Donna in part “out of respect” for former series regular Erinn Hayes, who was let go from the CBS comedy back in June and (essentially) replaced with Leah Remini. So just how respectful was the show towards the actress and the character in its Season 2 premiere? Well, that depends on your definition of “respectful.”
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Not only has Donna been killed off, but the Powers That Be decided it would be best to sidestep the specifics of Donna’s demise. Season 2 picks up over a year after the Gable family matriarch has passed, perhaps due to some horrible disease, or maybe a freak bungee-jumping accident. (Choose your own adventure!) Donna’s death is briefly addressed when Kevin receives a piece of mail from her gym. Kendra takes the letter, and promises her dad that she’ll make a call. He then makes a joke about not throwing it out, because it includes “a coupon for a kung-fu lesson.” Cue laugh track.
Chale also receives a letter in the mail. His international visa has expired, and it’s all because Kevin forgot to mail out his sponsor form. Vanessa (Remini) manages to get Chale an interview with INS to try and remedy the situation, but Kevin goes and screws it up by joking that Chale is a terrorist.
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