Recently, on the Office Ladies podcast, Jenna revealed that the role became so closely associated with her as a person that she was actually fired after shooting a pilot for the CBS sitcom Man With a Plan.
“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,'” she told podcast co-host and The Office co-star Angela Kinsey. “That was the feedback they got.”
Initially, network executives wanted to shoot more scenes between her and Matt, but changed their minds after showing the pilot to a test group.
Aaaaaand it gets worse: Jenna found out a few days before she was meant to go to New York to begin coordinating ads for the show.
“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.'”
Still, I think this is just a testament overall to how incredible Jenna’s acting was as Pam!