Mayim Bialik in Call Me Kat’s Goodbye Tribute for Leslie Jordan – The Hollywood Reporter
Call Me Kat will say goodbye to Leslie Jordan a few months after his death.
Mayim Bialik, who starred and executive produced the series, said Weekly entertainment that the Fox comedy will address his absence from the January 5 tribute episode following a holiday hiatus. She said the main goal of the cast was to figure out “how do we honor our friend while also honoring a grieving process that doesn’t end after two weeks of stopping production?”
“He knows he is loved,” she said. “He is a wonderful, wonderful person. And the ability to both honor him and honor him in a way that we hope respect is indeed our goal.
Above Call Me Kat, Jordan plays Phil, a baker at a cafe owned by Bialik’s protagonist. Jordan last appeared on the show in December with “Call Me Fancy Puffenstuff,” the eighth episode of the third season, which is currently airing.
“In many ways, it’s heartwarming to see the huge impact he’s had,” Bialik said. “And obviously that was also really bittersweet because of our grief and how much we miss him. I think many of us felt that Leslie was someone who really, really understood how loved he was while he was alive, and we certainly take comfort in that.”
The will & grace The actor died in a car crash in October at the age of 67.
Bialik said that because Jordan was “a beloved personality”, it was too difficult to plan a funeral episode, so they figured out a way for “his character to live forever and he there can be any adventure we all imagine.”
“We are still grieving,” The Big Bang Theory said the actress. “Grief is a full process and I think there’s a level of realism that we feel like having as actors.” She also added, “We are human and we have lost our friend.”
Call Me Kat airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.