Thursday’s episode of “Call Me Kat” included a short tribute to Leslie Jordan, who died Monday at the age of 67 in a car accident.
During the show, Fox Jordan shows “The Masked Singer,” “Fantasy Island,” “Cool Kids” and “Lego Masters” on Fox. The tribute ends in a scene from “Call Me Kat,” in which Jordan’s character Phil says, “I’m a big believer in celebrating every minute.”
Since the start of “Call Me Kat” in 2021, Jordan has starred in the comedy as the head baker at Kat’s (Mayim Bialik) cafe. It had wrapped production on eight episodes of Season 3, and was set to wrap up shooting episode 9 this week. In episode 7, which is set to air on November 10, Jordan’s character meets his first love interest (guest star John Griffin).
“The Masked Singer” and “Lego Masters” also have episodes featuring Jordan.
Fox and Warner Bros. TV, which produces the series, confirmed Monday that production on Season 3 will be temporarily halted due to Jordan’s death.
“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic passing of Leslie Jordan today,” Fox said in a statement. “Leslie was more than just an Emmy Award-winning comedic talent that we’ve been laughing with all these years. He was the kindest person you can imagine who simply lit up a room and brought pure joy and big smiles to millions of people around the world. A true Southern gentleman, Leslie gave us infectious joy, an indelible sense of humor and, overall, countless fond memories that will last forever. As we grieve this sad news, we would like to express our deepest condolences to Leslie’s family, friends and fans, whom he loved so much.
WBTV added, “Warner Bros. Television is deeply saddened by the tragic and sudden death of our dear friend Leslie Jordan. Leslie was an extraordinary person and talent. It has brought joy to fans around the world. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this time.