‘Celebrity IOU’ Season 4 Part 2: Late Leslie Jordan ‘thanks’ his best friends in his final TV appearance
Leslie Jordan's appearance on 'Celebrity IOU' Season 4 Part 2 is said to be one of his last TV appearances before his tragic death in car accident
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: As the HGTV renovation drama featuring Hollywood’s creme de la creme is back with new episodes, ‘The Property Brothers’ will help the celebrities express gratitude toward those who have helped them climb the ladder to stardom. The upcoming guestlist for Season 4 Part 2 of the show is expected to be as star-studded as ever. Fans will get to see everyone from models to comedians gracing ‘Celebrity IOU’.
Late actor Leslie Jordan will be the first celeb guest to star in Season 4 Part 2 of ‘Celebrity IOU’. Jordan, who died recently in October, will be seen using the opportunity to thank two of his best friends, Newell and Rosemary, by giving their home a plush new makeover. His appearance on the HGTV show is also said to be one of his last TV appearances before his uncertain death. According to the synopsis released by HGTV, “The late Leslie Jordan — actor, New York Times best-selling author and recording artist — wants to give back to Newell and Rosemary, his best friends of 40 years who helped jump start his career. When he moved to LA from Tennessee in the 1980s to pursue acting, Leslie met fellow actors Newell and Rosemary who helped him get into theater and eventually became more like family. Leslie says the couple has always been there for him, especially through some hard personal struggles. Although he admits to having no construction experience, Leslie is ready to swing sledgehammers alongside Drew and Jonathan Scott to thank Newell and Rosemary with a striking renovation of their charming but dated ranch-style home.”
Who was Leslie Jordan?
Leslie Jordan was a famous actor, comedian, and internet personality. He was popularly known for his unmistakable “southern drawl,” similar to that of Dolly Parton, Truman Capote, and Eudora Welty. Jordan hailed from the same deep south and was born in Memphis, Texas. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. The southern actor was best known for his role on the acclaimed sitcom ‘Will & Grace’ where he played the flamboyant and sharp-tongued Beverly Leslie. His onscreen banter with co-star Megan Mullally’s Karen Walker was a standout element in the show.
Jordan had also played various other roles in a variety of TV shows, including ‘Dharma & Greg’, ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Star Trek’. He also starred in the Academy Award-nominated movie ‘The Help’.
The deceased actor was also a published author and had written a humorous memoir titled ‘My Trip Down the Pink Carpet’ and an autobiography titled ‘How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived’. Adding to the many feathers in his cap, he had even released a record album titled ‘Company’s Comin’, which featured a collection of country hymns.
Jordan attained widespread fame only in 2020 when the pandemic was in full throttle. During the lockdown period, he started an Instagram account as a way to journal his life. Somehow, the gay icon became a viral sensation on social media and turned into an internet celebrity overnight. He was pretty surprised himself at the turn of events and expressed that he was not a “tech-savvy” person, mistaking the term “viral” for a disease. Nonetheless, he continued his online journey and uploaded many videos for his fans and followers.
Jordan died on October 24, 2022, in a tragic car accident. As mentioned above, his appearance on ‘Celebrity IOU’ is perhaps his last TV appearance, and the episode was shot just a few weeks before his death.
Catch Leslie Jordan in the season premiere of ‘Celebrity IOU’ on HGTV at 9 pm ET/PT on November 14, 2022.