Remembering actor, comedian and viral sensation Leslie Jordan
However, we are going to start this hour by
remembering the beloved
comedian and singer that is
Jordan. You may have heard of this. He died yesterday after a car accident in Hollywood. He was only 67 years old.
Jordan won an Emmy for her role as Beverly
Leslie. and Will and Grace, we all remember him on that show. The stars of the show are among those paying tribute in the entertainment industry today. Megan Mullally, who plays Karen, wrote that
Leslie was perfectly funny or a comedic virtuoso. effortlessly true Megan and country star Margo Price wrote this
Jordan radiated joy in such a unique and pure way that she was light in a dark world also true Anthony Mason met
Jordan just two weeks ago in Nashville to talk about the unexpected resurgence of his career in recent years Anthony, lucky you got to spend some time with him, good morning, thanks Gail, good morning, this was not the way we had planned. to tell the story of
jordan when we met him in nashville earlier this month like so many others i felt like i would meet him during covid when my daughter sent one of his videos one day and said u need to take a good look at it hi fellow depressed covid Hunker
Jordan had long been a well-known character
actor, so he came to this stage, but the pandemic turned him into a star.
What are they doing? This is horrible, oh, it's exhausting. im blooming its still march how many days in march i started posting on instagram and i did two posts a day i think for 80 days and then i dont know what happened people have told me what the secret is i have no idea i would jump a million a day it happened From 80,000 followers to almost 6 million, what were you thinking at the time? Well, I was just thinking, oh my gosh, who are these people? They want to hear what I have to say. It was just the innocence of I guess for decades I had worked steadily as an
actor, okay? iss Phelan let's see what you got playing Emma Stone's newspaper boss in help and then the black veil was lifted starring opposite Lady Gaga in American Horror Story Karen Walker I thought I smelled Jen and I regret it and memorably trained with Megan Mullally in Will and Grace good on him and Emmy but now that you have this personality it's like you're in charge of it yeah and sometimes I get sick of it it's like they say I'll do a label or something and go where it leaves . that
Jordan thing I said okay okay what I can do whatever it is I don't know what it's good it's just bright and bubbly he had always been like that growing up in Chattanooga Tennessee a popular kid but with a secret I was you know that i was good at sports my dad was a lieutenant colonel in the army he was a man and his group of guys would come home and i was twirling a baton in the front yard yeah you know my mom had taught me i was a baton champion spinning dad watch me spin and my mom even told her when she was about 12 years old.
She said I think you'll be teased and she couldn't take it so why not? Why don't you live in silence? So here I am. I caught the acting bug at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I wasn't someone who did high school plays or, you know, I was always funny, yeah, but that was to keep the bullies at bay and I stood up in that intro to drama class. and it just hit me like a drug I mean I went I went to the department head and said tell me what to do and he said well first let's learn how to pronounce it it's not theater theater in 1982
Jordan went to Hollywood I got a couple of commercials and got on kind of a streak with that.
I was the guy from the printer. I was the elevator operator at Hamburger. Call Taco Bell, where do you go if you don't eat burgers. followed from a first part as Candice Bergen's inept secretary in Murphy Brown Kyle when they taught you how to write In prison, did they mention that the process tends to go faster if you use both hands? Yeah, but the great Eddie only taught us this way. petites of women and needless to say I was back in Nashville earlier this month we watched him work on a new project plus everyone says Tiny Terror Productions is you didn't get me a music video featuring country duo LoCash and Blanco Brown.
It was a late and unexpected turn in your career, when did you decide that you wanted to make records? I had a Sunday hymn singing on Instagram where we sang these old hymns that I grew up with and people started tuning in and somehow out of that we decided to make an album out of it made you wonder, you look like you're having fun. a lot with that, oh my gosh, so unexpected just to happen, you know, in my 60s, yeah, I'm a country singer now, I love Nashville and the way that Nashville embraced me, yeah, you know. and being taken a little seriously, yeah, and getting you introduced to an album with Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton, yeah, Brandi Carlisle, you know that's something that was sure to be when the trumpets of the Lord will sound in times, you will no longer be the latest. moment we captured with
Jordan he sang for us with producer Danny Myrick when the road was a favorite anthem When the Roll is Called Up Yonder I've been baptized 13 times just to make sure so I'll be there what did you think?
When he heard the news yesterday, he was absolutely stunned and devastated. I want to give our condolences to his family. First, to his wonderful team led by Michael Lotus producer Danny Myrick, who you saw there. As you can imagine, everyone is heartbroken by this. a total shock to everyone, what makes this especially difficult I think is that
Leslie was so clearly enjoying this post-pandemic burst of fame that she had, yeah, you know, having opportunities like making a record that she never imagined. he could do and there was so much more on the horizon for him and what you saw from everyone who had worked with him, who were his friends, was how heartbroken they were because he was such a warm and lovely human being who walked with joy and spread joy. .
I saw a recent interview where he said someone asked him how he would like to be remembered. He said: I want to be like Dolly Parton. good boy im a good man i just thought that sums them up nice dolly actually wrote last night rest in peace little bro and you know and your peace i heard him tell you he would make the bullies laugh to keep them away exactly i think in the end, the beauty is that we all laugh with him, yes, we laugh because of him, yes, yes, absolutely true. he is in recovery and he was 25 years sober he said you learn that you can when you become famous you can choose to give or you can choose to take he said but i learned in recovery that the way you stay clean is by serving others and that is what gave him satisfaction and it turns out you're working on a piece about his country music that's all yeah wow and from his bible videos to his work in movies he left a lot of work for us to enjoy Man Of Joy Anthony thank you .