*Damon Wayans Jr. had to leave his prominent role in Fox’s upcoming fall comedy “The New Girl.”
In the pilot, Wayans played Coach, one of the roommates who shares a loft with Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson. [Watch the promo below.]
Wayans’ role, however, was in second position to ABC’s “Happy Endings,” which was recently picked up for a second season.
Lamorne Morris will replace Wayans in “The New Girl” as Winston, a competitive former athlete who has realized he’ll never go pro and moves into the loft.
Rather than recast and reshoot the pilot, Morris will join the comedy in the second episode of the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Wayans’ Coach will only be seen in the pilot episode and Winston will be introduced in Episode 2.
Morris’ credits include hosting Cartoon Network’s game show “Brain Rush” and hosting his own show “HotWyred” on BET and several of the cable network’s live-show specials. His credits also include an episode of “The Middle.”
“The New Girl” debuts in the prime post-“Glee” slot on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m.