‘Will & Grace’ co-stars, Ellen DeGeneres, and others remember Leslie Jordan: ‘Everyone who met him adored him.’
Despite the world’s divisions, actor Leslie Jordan, who tragically died Monday morning in a car crash in Hollywood, appeared to be universally beloved.
Jordan had a lot of fans, whether it was because of his funny appearances on shows like Will & Grace — for which he won an Emmy — as well as American Horror Story and Call Me Kat, or because of the charming social media posts he shared during the pandemic, which made him an unlikely internet star in his 60s. After the news broke, his friends in the entertainment industry were quick to express their admiration for him.
Current co-stars, such as Mayim Bialik, and people he’d worked with in the past paid tribute.
“When they created Leslie Jordan, they broke the mould. He was a beloved mentor and friend “Bialik penned. “I’ll miss him so much — it’s hard to believe he’s gone. Rest well, my dear.”
She attached a screenshot of a statement from the show, which has temporarily halted production in the aftermath of the loss: “There are no words to describe the grief we are feeling as a cast and as a Call Me Kat family. Leslie Jordan was a force to be reckoned with. He was the epitome of a Southern gentleman: tender, wise, naughty, and hilarious. We got to know and love him at the peak of his happiness and joy, and it’s impossible to imagine a world without him: the man who spit on his contact lenses before putting them in his eyes, the man who had a story about every man in Hollywood, and some of the women, the man who lived to make people laugh. We will be taking time to mourn and celebrate the many gifts Leslie gave to us and the entire world, and we appreciate your privacy during this difficult time.”
Former Will & Grace co-star Eric McCormack expressed his shock at the death of “the funniest and flirtiest southern gent I’ve ever known,” saying he was “crushed” to learn of his friend’s death. Sean Hayes, another cast member. Hayes wrote, “My heart is broken.” “Leslie Jordan was one of the most amusing people I’ve ever worked with. Everyone who met him adored him. Nobody will ever be like him. A one-of-a-kind talent with a huge, caring heart. Leslie, my dear friend, you will be missed.”
Megan Mullally wrote a heartfelt message about how she interviewed Jordan last month at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., to discuss his book, How Y’all Doing?, and how she was grateful for the time they spent there.
“I’d done my prep, but it was all completely unnecessary, of course,” Mullally wrote. “I just had to barely unleash him, and he went off on a series of absolutely hilarious stories that had the very large audience in hysterics for a solid hour.” “He was so relaxed and happy off-stage, with his best friend Mike. He appeared to be in a good mood. How brilliant that millions of people discovered the real Leslie and his love of life and unrivalled story-telling abilities on Instagram. He had so much to say, and it meant so much to him, that he’d finally found a way to say it.”
Lance Bass, a singer and reality TV star, also had a special message for the gay icon: “Leslie Jordan is a legend in every sense of the word. Nobody ever made me laugh harder. This one breaks my heart. Rest easy, my friend.”