After the cancellation of “King of Queens” in 2007, due to which Crib reported may have had a pay dispute with Kevin James, the stand-up comedian launched his next sitcom Kevin Can Wait on CBS in 2016. In the new show, James played retired cop Kevin Gable and his wife Donna portrayed Erinn Hayes. After Donna died in the season one finale, Leah Remini joined the team in season two as Vanessa, Gable’s new business partner.
As it turned out, despite all the previous quarrels, both actors were happy to reunite, as Kevin James revealed. CBS News“It’s fantastic to have Leah Remini back,” the actor said, adding, “We’re friends and family. Literally, we feel like we’ve known each other for ages.” As for Remini, the feelings seemed to be mutual, with the actress praising the duo’s chemistry on camera, explaining New York Daily News“I would take any opportunity to work with Kevin again.” She further added, “There’s something special that you just can’t explain when something works with someone.” Her feelings for James also remained true even in hindsight when she posted a photo of the two of them on Instagram after Kevin Can Wait was canceled after two seasons with the caption, “For me, working with @officialkevinjames over and over again has been a godsend.”