On the “Office Ladies” podcast, Jenna Fischer said she played Matt LeBlanc’s wife on the pilot episode of “Man with a Plan”. But she was recast after the episode went through audience testing.
The audience apparently couldn’t separate Jenna from her Pam character on “The Office”, and they still thought of Matt as Joey on “Friends”.
Jenna said, “They said, this is a literal quote, ‘I don’t believe Pam would marry Joey…the chemistry doesn’t work between these two.”
The worst part was she didn’t find out until right before she was heading to New York to unveil the show to the public.
Jenna said her rep called her. “They said, ‘It’s getting picked up, but without you.’ And I was like, ‘Wow, I guess I’ll unpack my suitcase’.”
Her character was replaced with Liza Snyder and the show ran for four seasons.