Whether it was his funny appearances on shows such as Will & Grace — for which he won an Emmy — as well as American Horror Story and Call Me Kat, or the charming social media posts that he shared during the pandemic, which made him an unlikely internet star in his 60s, Jordan had a lot of fans. His friends in the entertainment were quick to share their love for him after the news broke.
The tributes came from current co-stars, like Mayim Bialik, and people he'd worked with in the past.
"They broke the mold when they made Leslie Jordan. He was a dear mentor and a beloved friend," Bialik wrote. "I will miss him so much — it's unimaginable that he's gone. Rest well, sweet buddy."
She included a photo of a statement from the show, which has temporarily stopped production in the wake of the loss: "There aren't words to convey the loss we are experiencing as a cast and as a Call Me Kat family. 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: the man who would spit on his contact lenses before putting them in his eyes, the man who had a story about every man in Hollywood, and some of the women as well, the man who lived to make people laugh. We will be taking time to grieve and to celebrate the many gifts Leslie gave to us and to the entire world and we appreciate privacy at this time."
Former co-stars who shared reactions to the loss included Will & Grace star Eric McCormack, who said he was "crushed" to learn about the death of "the funniest and flirtiest southern gent I've ever known." And cast member Sean Hayes. "My heart is broken," Hayes wrote. "Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of working with. Everyone who ever met him, loved him. There will never be anyone like him. A unique talent with an enormous, caring heart. Leslie, you will be missed, my dear friend."
Crushed to learn about the loss of @thelesliejordan, the funniest & flirtiest southern gent I’ve ever known. The joy and laughter he brought to every one of his #WillandGrace episodes was palpable. Gone about thirty years too soon. You were loved, sweet man. 💔
— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) October 24, 2022
Megan Mullally posted a touching message about how she'd interviewed Jordan last month at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., to talk about his book, How Y'all Doing?, and she was truly grateful for the time they'd spent there.
"I'd done my prep, but it was all completely unnecessary, of course, as i just had to barely unleash him and he went off on a series of absolutely hilarious stories that had the very large audience in hysterics for a solid hour," Mullally wrote. "Off-stage, he was so relaxed and happy, there with his best friend mike. he truly seemed so happy. how brilliant it was that millions of people were able to discover the real leslie and his love of life and unparalleled story-telling abilities on instagram. he had so much to share, and it meant so much to him that finally he'd found a vehicle through which to share it."
Singer and reality TV star Lance Bass also had an especially sweet message for the gay icon: "Legend is not a large enough word to describe Leslie Jordan. No one made me laugh harder. This one is heartbreaking. Rest well my friend."
Ellen DeGeneres called his death "unbelievably tragic." She added that Jordan was "such a light."
I just heard about Leslie Jordan. This is unbelievably tragic. He was such a light. Sending love to his family and friends.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2022
And George Takei cited his "mirth."
I am stunned at the death of Leslie Jordan, who delighted us with his many roles on television and film. The cause of death was a car crash after he suffered a medical emergency. Leslie, we are heartbroken at your loss and will miss your mirth and your inimitable spirit.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 24, 2022
Here are some of the other celebrity tributes:
Completely heartbroken. 💔
Leslie Jordan was a kind spirit and provided us with so many laughs. Rest peacefully, friend. pic.twitter.com/eULoI7C9fW
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) October 24, 2022
This news is just horrendous. Leslie Jordan. You sunshine through our days. None more so than your selfless warmth and humour through world lockdown. So blessed I got to tell you in person what you’d meant to me. I’m so,so saddened by this news. 🖤 https://t.co/9nXnVRHWQR
— Hannah Waddingham. (@hanwaddingham) October 24, 2022
Leslie Jordan put a smile on the faces of so many, especially with his pandemic videos. What a feat to keep us all laughing and connected in such difficult times... It feels so cruel that this could happen to such a beautiful soul. https://t.co/JKj2t8Km7A
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) October 24, 2022
Leslie Jordan. What an angel. Gone much too soon. RIP. ❤️🌈
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 24, 2022
You had no choice but to adore Leslie Jordan, he left you no other options.
He was magical.
I can’t believe he’s gone. https://t.co/VupZh02OnF
— kristen johnston (@thekjohnston) October 24, 2022
Such sad, sad news. 💔
— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) October 24, 2022
No!!! Not Leslie Jordan. Oh God. Why does every day of the week have to suck?
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 24, 2022
From the first time I saw him on an episode of Murphy Brown in 1989, he was hysterically hilarious. So grateful for the 33+ years of laughter from this deeply gifted man. Thank you Leslie Jordan. 🙏#RIP 💔
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) October 24, 2022
Leslie Jordan touched so many hearts, including ours. He was not only a beloved comedian but our dear friend. Sending our love and condolences to his family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/OSL5swfw6w
— The Jennifer Hudson Show (@JHudShow) October 24, 2022
We are heartbroken over the loss of Leslie Jordan. He was a beacon of light and constant inspiration for us all. In a world where negativity can often take control, Leslie’s natural charisma and contagious joy made the world shine bright. RIP Leslie Jordan. pic.twitter.com/mZhUVVxCUY
— WWHL (@BravoWWHL) October 24, 2022
24.10.2022 I have long admired Leslie Jordan for his humor, his ability to be totally himself and his kindness. I know he touched many people with his art and grace and I know he is making the angels laugh. You were, and are, loved. Rest In Peace dear Leslie. pic.twitter.com/mYSsN7sYCq
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) October 24, 2022