‘Will & Grace’ stars honor Leslie Jordan: ‘Everyone who ever met him, loved him’
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Leslie Jordan‘s death was announced this past Friday by UTA. But a day later, on Saturday, the TV actress and veteran performer was honored at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
“No one is safe. And, quite frankly, we don’t want to be,” EW.com’s TV critic Nick Creamer wrote when Will & Grace began its fourth and final season earlier this month.
In his final weeks as Will & Grace‘s Will, the man who played a married man in the series now has a new romantic-comedy girlfriend. But not everything about the series’ end was positive. Jordan’s portrayal of Will was a character study, according to Creamer: “Will’s a complicated man, and this season, he’s been dealing with a loss of faith, the death of his wife and the death of his father.”
Jordan’s death is not the first to impact Will & Grace. His onscreen father Hank Williams Jr. died in 2008, and in 2015 his mother, Shirley, passed away. Will & Grace‘s most recent season, which premiered five weeks after her passing, found its star, Sara Gilbert, dealing with the death of her own mother, Elaine.
“She was so strong and such a beautiful woman who loved her family,” Gilbert told EW.com in 2015. “She loved her son and husband, and she was an amazing mother. She was a very tough lady that I will always remember, and I’ll always, always miss her.”
Gilbert also has two daughters, ages 13 and 8, with husband David Dinerstein. Gilbert was asked when she found out about Jordan’s death.
“When he told us, we were in Miami,” Gilbert said. “And he said, ‘Well, Leslie isn’t coming back. And I know you’ve been wanting to talk to me about