Call Me Kat Introduces New Character After Leslie Jordan's Death—& He's a Sitcom Fave

The show must go on, even when it hurts.

It's been three months since Leslie Jordan tragically passed away at the age of 67 following a car accident, but his sitcom Call Me Kat is officially ready to hire his replacement.

On the upcoming Jan. 26 episode, the Fox series will be introducing Jordan's cat café fill-in played by 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer.

"Well, the search is over. We finally found our new baker. This is Gideon," Mayim Bialik's Kat says in a teaser to the rest of the cast at the Middle C piano bar, including those played by Swoosie Kurtz, Kyla Pratt, Julian Gant and Cheyenne Jackson.

While there's no word on whether McBrayer will be Jordan's permanent replacement or just a temporary fix, the appearance does mark a reunion for McBrayer and Jackson after their time on 30 Rock together.

On the Jan. 5 episode, the show bid farewell to his character Phil with a special appearance by Dolly Parton. Additionally, the Oct. 27 episode was dedicated to Jordan's memory and honored his life with a video tribute of his time on other series such as The Masked Singer, Fantasy Island, The Cool Kids and Lego Masters.

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Jordan had starred in Call Me Kat since its debut in 2021. While the comedian died in an Oct. 24 car accident, his cause of death was ruled a "sudden cardiac dysfunction," according to an autopsy from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office obtained by E! News on Jan. 19.

Following his sudden death, Bialik celebrated her co-star and friend. "There aren't words to convey the loss we are experiencing as a Call Me Kat family," she wrote on Instagram. "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."

Call Me Kat airs Thursdays on Fox.

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