Stars of ‘Will & Grace’ Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, and Many Others Reminisce about Leslie Jordan
Tributes are pouring in for Leslie Jordan, the late Emmy-winning character actor who amused millions during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic with his social media videos. Jordan was known for his memorable roles in shows like Will & Grace, American Horror Story, and the currently airing Call Me Kat.
The Los Angeles Times stated that Jordan, 67, was driving a BMW when he crashed into the side of a building on Monday morning at the intersection of Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street in Hollywood. On the spot, he was pronounced dead.
The making of Call Me Kat has been put on hold. Jordan shot nine episodes before being written off as a series regular on the Mayim Bialik-starring comedy. Five episodes have aired so far, but he was supposed to feature in all of the remaining episodes this season.
Fox Entertainment released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter expressing their “shock and devastation” over the death of the actor and comedian.
“Leslie was far more than an Emmy Award-winning comedic talent with whom we laughed alongside for all these years,” the statement stated. His smile and infectious laughter brightened the lives of countless individuals all around the world.
Leslie was the epitome of a Southern gentleman; he was full of boundless energy, had an unmistakable sense of humor, and gave us innumerable memories we will treasure forever. We are heartbroken by this news and want to express our deepest condolences to Leslie’s loved ones.
Warner Bros. producers also expressed their “devastation” over the “tragic and sudden loss of our dear friend Leslie Jordan.” There have been few people with Leslie’s level of talent and outstanding character. All throughout the world, he made fans happy.
In a joint statement, 20th Television and FX said, “The incomparable Leslie Jordan left an indelible impression on our industry, on the LGTBQ+ community, and on the hearts of everyone fortunate enough to have worked with this immensely kind, amusing, and immeasurably gifted woman. All his complex and unforgettable roles in the American Horror Story saga over nearly a decade will be sorely missed.
“Leslie Jordan was a multi-talented entertainer who charmed audiences for decades with heartfelt characters on-screen and passionate LGBTQ advocacy off-screen,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD, in a statement.
We will miss Jordan immensely as one of today’s most improbable social media stars for the countless smiles and encouraging words he brought to his many millions of followers.
The statement continued he was an actual class act when it came to sharing his platform and celebrity to help raise awareness and funds for our work to accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ community.
“He was a loyal friend to so many LGBTQ organizations, including GLAAD, most recently hosting our San Francisco Gala in 2018. He was so devoted to his native state of Tennessee that last year he served as Grand Marshal of the Nashville AIDS Walk and performed at The Concert for Love & Acceptance.
The Memphis, Tennessee-born Jordan, who stands at only 4 feet 11 inches tall, made her Will & Grace debut in the third season as Beverley Leslie, a counterpart to Megan Mullally’s Karen Walker. He also appeared in 17 episodes in the 2017 series revival of the classic show.
“My heart is broken,” tweeted Sean Hayes, who played Jordan’s adversary Jack on Will & Grace and went toe-to-toe with him throughout the show in the long run. “Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest coworkers I have ever had.
Each and every person he encountered grew fond of him. No one else will ever be quite like him. An exceptional performer with a big, kind heart.” In a post, Erick McCormack, who played Will, expressed his “crushing” sadness at the news. He said, “The funniest & flirtiest southern gent I have ever known.
Every #WillandGrace episode he hosted was filled with infectious laughter and happiness. Too young to have died by thirty years. In addition to Hearts Afire (which aired on CBS in the ’90s), Jordan’s acting credits include The Help (which was released in 2011), many seasons of American Horror Story, and the upcoming season of the Fox sitcom The Cool Kids.
In addition to her work on the scripted shows Murphy Brown and Boston Legal, Jordan has also appeared on the unscripted shows RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Talk, and The Masked Singer. Her first television role was in the 1897 film Moving On. His Instagram account gained 5.8 million followers as a direct result of his humorous video posts throughout the epidemic.
The showrunner for Call Me Kat and Abbot Elementary, Quinta Bronson, tweeted, “one of my greatest joys was meeting Leslie in the hallway for the first time a few weeks ago.”
A TikTok video of Jordan was posted by Patton Oswalt, while Jackée Harry shared a clip of Jordan from The Cool Kids.
Many celebrities, including Billy Eichner, Lynda Carter, Dustin Lance Black, and many more, have expressed gratitude to Jordan for being a source of positivity during the epidemic by praising him as an LGBT icon.
Please view the tributes as they are received below.
My heart is broken. Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of working with. Everyone who ever met him, loved him. There will never be anyone like him. A unique talent with an enormous, caring heart. You will be missed, my dear friend. 😔❤️ pic.twitter.com/RNKSamoES0
— Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) October 24, 2022
Leslie Jordan. What an angel. Gone much too soon. RIP. ❤️🌈
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 24, 2022
Rest in peace to Leslie Jordan, a beloved gay icon, a celebrated actor, writer, and singer, and a legendary member of our community and family. Our thoughts are with those closest to him. 💔
— World of Wonder (@WorldOfWonder) October 24, 2022
Completely heartbroken. 💔
Leslie Jordan was a kind spirit and provided us with so many laughs. Rest peacefully, friend. pic.twitter.com/eULoI7C9fW
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) October 24, 2022
I’m so sad to read the news of Leslie Jordan’s passing. He was such a pleasure to work with on my first TV series, Reasonable Doubts. He was at the top of his game and had so much to look forward to. He exuded JOY and LAUGHTER. RIP dear Leslie #LeslieJordan pic.twitter.com/WgmTZjEReG
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) October 24, 2022
There are not enough wonderful things to possibly say about Leslie Jordan in just a tweet. I am so saddened by this -his social media particularly during Covid brought millions of people such joy as did his legacy career in entertainment. He was also just a kind, sweet lovely man pic.twitter.com/CAANBZqQJy
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) October 24, 2022