Mayim Bialik honors ‘Call Me Kat’ costar Leslie Jordan after his final episode airs
The episode is “very special to us for so many reason,” the actress said.
Following the Thursday premiere of season 3, episode 8 of the Fox sitcom, titled “Call Me Fancy Puffenstuff,” Bialik recalled the “incredibly special” time cast and crew had on set, noting that it marked Jordan’s last episode on the show following his Oct. 24 death at the age of 67.
” We didn’t know that it was Leslie’s final episode at the time,” Bialik stated in a TikTok. She added that she couldn’t bear to watch it. She continued, “I’m still not ready.” This week was so special because of our first dialogue coach and how much we had. “
Bialik stars as Kat, a woman who spends her entire savings to open a cafe in Louisville, Ky. Jordan plays Phil, a gay man who works at the cafe as the head baker. The latest episode featured the characters as they celebrated Friendsgiving by having a murder-mystery themed dinner. Phil and Jalen (John Griffin), sealed their relationship with a kiss.
This episode was Jordan’s first kiss on-screen, Bialik stated. John Griffin, his boyfriend, was very clear about their appreciation of our writers’ sensibilities in writing a gay couple who was navigating the newness and joy of living an authentic out life. It was an important episode for Leslie, in particular. ”
The Jeopardy! said that she was going to talk more about the Christmas/Hanukkah episode which will air Dec. 8. Bialik stated that Jordan died while the cast and crew were filming this episode. “But for now I just want you to know that we are grateful for all of your support and appreciation for Leslie’s final episode. It was very special for us for many reasons. “
CALL ME KAT: L-R: Leslie Jordan and Mayim Bialik in the Call Me Flatch episode of CALL ME KAT airing Thursday, April 28 (9: 01-9: 31 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
Mayim Bialik and Leslie Jordan on ‘Call Me Kat’
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“In the coming weeks you’ll be hearing more about what we decided to do with Leslie’s character,” she said.
Maria Ferrari, the executive producer, previously confirmed that Jordan’s passing had “absolutely affected storylines.” Vicki Lawrence, who starred opposite Jordan in the 2018 sitcom The Cool Kids, has been cast as Phil’s mother for an upcoming episode. “We felt, and the cast in particular, felt strongly that even though Leslie isn’t with us anymore, they would like Phil to find his happy ending,” Ferrari recently told Deadline. “Just for now, we can say that Phil will live on forever and lead the best and most happy life possible,” Jim Patterson said.
Jordan was killed in a car accident that he caused when he was behind the wheel. The Emmy-winning comedian also starred on Will & Grace and Sordid Lives.
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