In the latest episode of “Office Ladies,” Jenna Fischer shared that she was originally cast to star opposite former “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc on his CBS sitcom “Man With A Plan.” Running from 2016 to 2020, the show followed LeBlanc as Adam Burns, a married father of three. Fischer filmed the pilot alongside Leblanc, starring as his wife, Andi Burns. However, it turned out people couldn’t divorce her from the character of Pam — or LeBlanc from his role as Joey, for that matter. This proved to be a problem for the higher-ups.
“[The studio] 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 told Kinsey (as transcribed by Today). “That was the feedback they got.”
Fischer shared the news of her firing was a surprise — she got the unfortunate update just as she was packing for a trip for the show to premiere to the public at the CBS Upfronts. “The first thing I said was, ‘Is it not getting picked up?’ And [the network] said, ‘It’s worse than that, hun… It’s getting picked up, but without you.’ And I was like, ‘Wow, I guess I’ll unpack my suitcase.'”
While losing her role in “Man With A Plan” was no doubt a disappointment for Fischer, the actor has gone on to find further television success on shows like “The Mysteries of Laura” and “Splitting Up Together.” She certainly keeps busy with “Office Ladies,” as well, and we’ll be eagerly awaiting the next episode of the podcast.