Later, as Kevin’s daughter Kendra (Taylor Spreitler) was getting married, each very quickly expressed sorrow over Donna not being there.

“Obviously, the chemistry between Kevin and Leah was amazing in the stunt episodes that we did at the end of last season, and we decided to look to continue that chemistry,” Sherman said.

Later that month, Kevin Can Wait executive producer Rob Long told TVLine Donna was being killed off “out of respect for the character … and certainly the way that Erinn Hayes portrayed her.”

BuzzFeed News reached out to Hayes’ publicist for a further comment.

Jarett Wieselman is a senior entertainment editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles. Wieselman writes about and reports on the television industry.

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