“Call Me Kat” Halts Production After Leslie Jordan’s Death

The making of Call Me Kat has stopped because Leslie Jordan died. The actor, who died in a car accident on Monday at the age of 67, played the main character Phil, who was recently single and worked as the head baker at Kat’s café (Mayim Bialik). The show first aired in 2021, and its third season began airing last month.

Jordan shot nine episodes for the last season of the show. FOX Entertainment told Entertainment Weekly that Jordan is “the kindest person you could ever imagine.” “We are shocked and devastated by today’s tragic passing of Leslie Jordan,” the statement read.

“Leslie was far more than an Emmy Award winning comedic talent with whom we’ve laughed alongside for all these years. He was the kindest person you could ever imagine who simply lit up a room and brought pure joy and huge smiles to millions of people around the world. The truest of Southern Gentlemen, Leslie carried an infectious exuberance, indelible sense of humour and, throughout, gifted us with countless fond memories that will last forever. As we grieve this sad news, we also wish to extend our most profound sympathies to Leslie’s family, friends and fans, whom he held so dear.”

Warner Bros. Television, which also makes the show told EW in a statement that it was “devastated about the tragic and sudden loss of our dear friend Leslie Jordan.” They added, “Leslie was an extraordinary person and talent. He brought joy to fans across the globe. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans at this time.”

On Monday, Call Me Kat star Bialik, who is 46 years old, told PEOPLE that the cast and crew of the show were saddened by the death of one of their co-stars.

“There aren’t words to convey the loss we are experiencing as a cast and a Call Me Kat family. Leslie Jordan was larger than life. He was a Southern gentleman; tender, wise, naughty and hilarious. We got to know and love him at the height of his happiness and joy and it is inconceivable to imagine a world without our Leslie: the man who would 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 as well, the man who lived to make people laugh,” the statement read.

“We will be taking time to grieve and to celebrate the many gifts Leslie gave to us and to the entire world and we appreciate privacy at this time.”

Jordan’s representative told that the Will & Grace actor died in a car crash in Hollywood, California, after what seemed to be a medical emergency. The LAPD says that the accident happened around 9:30 a.m. local time.

His agent David Shaul shared in a statement: “The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan. Not only was he a mega talent and joy to work with, but he provided an emotional sanctuary to the nation at one of its most difficult 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 has left the world at the height of both his professional and personal life is the only solace one can have today.”

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