After the sudden death of comedian Leslie Jordan in October, it was unclear how long the actor’s presence would be felt in the popular Fox series. Call me Kat. Quick to honor his death, the series has now confirmed when the final episode starring Jordan as Phil will air. The series will premiere on Thursday, December 1 with “Call Me Fancy Puffenstuff,” the last episode Jordan filmed before his death. The outlet also reveals that he won’t be completely gone, as a new actress has been cast as his character’s mother and will appear in a later episode.
“The first person we thought of playing his mother — who is a character in her own right — was Vicki Lawrence,” executive producer Jim Patterson told deadline (H/T People). “They had that Cool Kids connection and she’s amazing and so funny. We talked about it and, God bless her, she didn’t hesitate; she immediately said yes. We know that Phil’s spirit will definitely be with her. It is about being fun to have that character pull some of the same jokes we did when Phil was there.
Filming on Call me Kat was interrupted after Jordan’s death, which occurred suddenly on Monday, October 24. The comedian’s official cause of death has not been disclosed, but he crashed his BMW into the side of the building in Hollywood, California on the morning of the accident after suffering some kind of “medical emergency” while driving. The Los Angeles coroner’s office listed his death as “postponed pending additional investigation”.
“We are shocked and devastated by the tragic passing of Leslie Jordan today,” Fox said in a statement. “Leslie was much more than an Emmy Award-winning comedic talent who we laughed with all these years together. He was the kindest person you could imagine, who simply lit up a room and brought pure joy and big smiles to millions of people .” all over the world. Leslie, the most loyal of the southern lords, carried an infectious exuberance, an indelible sense of humor and throughout, gave us countless fond memories that will last forever. While we mourn this sad news, we also want to send our deepest condolences to Leslie’s family, friends and fans, whom he held so dear.”
Jordan began his career in the 1980s and became known to TV and movie fans for his many roles as an actor. Jordan’s early appearances include episodes of the Fall dude, Night court, Murphy Brown, Nieuwharteven Pee-wee’s Playhouse. In recent years, he would also appear on the big screen, starring in films including Best Picture The help and recently in The United States v Billie Holiday. Jordan was perhaps best known to some for playing the role of Beverley Leslie in the sitcom Will and gracefor which he would make another appearance in the 2017 revival of the series and also win a Primetime Emmy.
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