Mayim Bialikwhat with Leslie Jordaan in Call me Cat since the show began in 2021, wrote an emotional tribute to the “gentle” and “wise” star, who died unexpectedly on October 24 at the age of 67 after a Los Angeles car accident. His sudden death shocked fans, and in a social media memorial, Mayim, 46, revealed how devastated she and her costar are after the tragic, unexpected event. “There are no words to convey the loss that we as a cast and a Call me Cat family,” Mayim wrote on Instagram in the hours after his death. “Leslie Jordan was larger than life. He was a Southern gentleman; tender, wise, naughty and hilarious.”
Mayim continued, “We got to know and love him at the height of his happiness and joy and it’s unimaginable to imagine a world without our Leslie: the man who would spit on his contact lenses before putting them in his eyes had, the man who had a story about every man in Hollywood and some of the women too, the man who lived to make people laugh.” At the end of the post, she added that the production is taking a break for now. “We will take time to mourn and celebrate the many gifts that Leslie gave to us and to the world and we value privacy in this time,” Mayim concluded, noting that production had ground to a halt.
Her caption for the post also included a personal note. “They broke the mold when they made Leslie Jordan. He was a dear mentor and a beloved friend. I’m going to miss him so much – it’s unimaginable that he’s gone. Rest well, dear friend,” the 46-year-old wrote.
Additionally, Fox and Warner Bros. Television released statements about the show’s production schedule, per Deadline. “We are shocked and devastated by today’s tragic passing of Leslie Jordan,” a Fox Entertainment representative told the outlet. “Leslie was much more than an Emmy Award-winning comedic talent with whom we laughed all these years. He was the kindest person you could ever imagine who simply lit up a room and brought pure joy and big smiles to millions of people around the world.” The representative also highlighted Leslie’s gallant Southern personality. “Leslie, the truest of Southern gentlemen, has an infectious exuberance, indelible sense of humor and has consistently gifted us with countless fond memories that will last forever. While we are saddened by this sad news, we also want to extend our deepest sympathies to Leslie’s family, friends and fans, to whom he was so dear,” they said.
The outlet also got a similar statement from Warner Bros. “Warner Bros. Television is devastated by the tragic and sudden loss of our dear friend Leslie Jordan. Leslie was an extraordinary person and talent. He has brought joy to fans around the world. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this time,” the company’s statement read. This week’s episode of Call me Cat will continue to broadcast as scheduled and will include a special message in honor of the Will & Grace actor.
Leslie has starred in the hit TV show since it aired in 2021, performing alongside Mayim, Cheyenne Jackson, Swoosie Kurtz, and others. For three seasons, he charmed audiences with his humor, style and unique personality. The star died on October 24 after reportedly crashing his car following a medical emergency. His representative has the tragic news Hollywood Life via a statement. “The world is certainly a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” the rep said. “Not only was he a mega-talent and a joy to work with, but he provided an emotional haven to the nation at one of it is hardest times What he lacked in height, he made up for in generosity and greatness as a son, brother, artist, comedian, partner and human being. Knowing that he left the world at the peak of his professional and personal life is the only consolation one can have today.”