New Girl's executive producer Liz Meriwether described Morris as "a young Eddie Murphy", adding: "He has this kind of great manic comedic energy. And he has amazing improv skills. I love that about our cast - all of our actors can think on their feet."
Meriwether also explained that the cast and crew would have had to "reshoot about 80%" of the pilot if they removed Wayans's character completely.
"It felt thematically that it made sense to have people move in and out of the apartment," she continued. "In your 20s, things are transient anyway. You're surfing Craigslist for a new roommate. It kind of worked to have Damon be subletting and then moved out. And that freed us up to focus on moving forward, as opposed to going back and creating everything. That would have been a tough way to start."