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The Office Star Jenna Fischer Lost Role In Matt LeBlanc’s Man With A Plan Due To Pam

July 19, 2021 | Posted by Ashish
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Jenna Fischer recently opened up on the Office Ladies podcast (h/t Deadline) about losing the role of Matt LeBlanc’s wife in Man With A Plan. According to Fischer, she lost the role because test audiences didn’t “believe Pam would marry Joey,” a reference to LeBlanc’s Joey Tribbiani character from Friends.

“They said — this is a literal quote, they said, ‘I don’t believe Pam would marry Joey. The chemistry doesn’t work between these two,’” Fischer said. “That was the feedback they got.”

Fischer got the news that she was off the show right before she was about to leave to go to New York for the upfronts.

“The first thing I said was, ‘Is [Man with a Plan] not getting picked up?’ And they said, ‘It’s worse than that, hun.’ And I was like, ‘What’s worse than that?’ They said, ‘It’s getting picked up, but without you.’ And I was like, ‘Wow, I guess I’ll unpack my suitcase.’”

The show ended up running for four seasons on CBS with Liza Snyder in the role of LeBlanc’s wife. Fischer played the role in the pilot.

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