"Will & Grace" Stars, Dolly Parton, Trixie Mattel, and More Pay Tribute to Leslie Jordan

“Rest in peace lil’ brother."

After the heartbreaking news of the death of beloved gay icon Leslie Jordan, tributes came flooding out from fans and famous friends alike. It seems like everyone in Hollywood had a story about Jordan. 

Celebrities posted heartbreaking tributes to the Emmy-winning actor, including his Will & Grace co-stars who worked with him for years on the NBC sitcom.

"My heart is broken. Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of working with," his Will & Grace co-star Sean Hayes tweeted upon hearing the news. "Everyone who ever met him, loved him.  There will never be anyone like him. A unique talent with an enormous, caring heart. You will be missed, my dear friend."

Eric McCormack, who played Will on the groundbreaking series, said: "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."

Megan Mullally, who played Karen Walker, the arch-nemesis of Jordan's character, Beverly Leslie, posted a loving tribute on Instagram: "My heart is breaking. I really can’t believe it. Leslie Jordan was, hands down, one of the greats... Love you, Leslie. Miss you already. And one thing I know for sure… there will never ever be another you."

Country music queen Dolly Parton, who collaborated with Jordan on his 2021 country gospel album Company's Comin', posted a statement online when she learned of Jordan's death:

“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," said Parton. “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," she added.

Drag superstars Trixie Mattel and Katya heard the news of Jordan's passing while they were talking to Out about their new book, Working Girls: Trixie and Katya's Guide to Professional Womanhood.

“I love him and, honestly, he was a friend of mine and collaborated on… my first music video [“Mama Don’t Make Me Put on the Dress Again”] had him in it. He did it for almost no money, he did it for fun," Mattel told Out. "He came to my first album party, came to a gay bar just to say hi. And then he was on Trixie Motel, we did American Horror Story… for some reason, the universe was always putting us together. It’s really a bummer. But you know what, the magic of Leslie is that we had him. We lived at the same time as Leslie Jordan, so let’s be happy with that.”

Katya said: “There are not many unique people in this world and he was one of them," with Mattel adding: "I mean, it’s cool that at the end of his life he had this massive resurgence because you always want people to get their flowers, and bitch, he got his flowers.”

It's still hard to believe Jordan is gone. Scroll through below to see more loving tributes from friends and co-stars of the beloved actor.

Logo will air two special marathons dedicated to Jordan, with fan-favorite episodes of Will & Grace featuring his character, Beverly Leslie. “Logo Remembers Leslie Jordan” will air Thursday, 10/27 starting at 8pm ET and Sunday, 10/30 starting at 10pm ET.

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