Dolly Parton made a special appearance on the Fox TV Show Call Me Kat this week. The show co-starred the late Leslie Jordan, who passed away suddenly after he suffered a medical emergency in his car back in October.
The special episode featured Vicki Lawrence as the mother of Jordan’s character, Phil. In the episode, she explained his absence by saying he left the country and got married in a tropical location. And he decided to stay there. The show’s star Mayim Bialik (“Kat”) ended the show with the usual look into the camera to address the audience.
After someone brought out Jordan’s stage chair with his name on it, Mayim said, “What we’ve done here is we’ve given Phil a happy ending. What we are really doing is mourning the loss of our dear friend, Leslie Jordan. He is irreplaceable; we will miss him very much. Love. Light. Blessing”
Before showing a montage of his happy and fun moments on the show, the screen cut to Dolly sitting in a black dress, and she began to sing “The Soul of Man Never Dies.” She said, “Now that’s some lines from the song you and I did together. I know usually, at a memorial, people talk about somebody. Well, I’m gonna talk to you because there is that place on the other side and I’m certainly gonna see you there, little brother. You left a lot of people here with a lot of precious, precious memories.”
“Everybody loved you, but I doubt that many of them loved you more than I did. Anyhow, I just want you to know that we all love you, we all miss you, and I bet you’re having a big laugh about all of us being sad and sorrowful, and I know that would the last thing you would want us to be. So, anyway, you made us happy while you were here, and we are happy you are at peace, and I just want you to know that I (starts singing) will always love you.” She then blows kisses and says, “Goodbye, my sweet Leslie.”
Parton posted a sweet message to Instagram on the day he died in October, writing, “Well, I am as hurt and shocked as if I have lost a family member. Leslie and I had a special bond; I think the world felt they had a special bond with him. I know people always say, ‘Oh, they will be missed,’ but in this case, that could not be more true. He will be missed by everyone who knew him personally and by everyone who was entertained by him. Rest in peace, lil’ brother.”