How ‘Celebrity IOU’ hosts found out Leslie Jordan had died

Leslie Jordan, Property Brothers


Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott will pay tribute to actor Leslie Jordan in an episode of Celebrity IOU

The death of beloved actor and comedian Leslie Jordan in October 2022 has stunned the entertainment world and its millions of fans. His friends, HGTV’s Drew and Jonathan Scott, will never forget their moment when they learned the tragic news about Jordan, who they just filmed an episode of Celebrity IOU with.

The Property Brothers halted filming to process the news of Leslie Jordan’s death

When Celebrity IOU Season 3 returns on November 14, 2022, in the first of eight new episodes, Jordan will happily work with Drew and Jonathan to renovate the home of his longtime friends, entertainers Rosemary and Newell Alexander, whom he helped him decades earlier to sober up and break into Hollywood.

in a (n Interview with ExtraJonathan said the tribute episode was “really emotional,” and viewers are guaranteed to cry when they see how much it meant to Jordan to do something extraordinary for his friends, apparently unaware that he would be gone within months .

The Scott brothers, who also worked with Jordan on the Discovery+ show they produced, Trixie Motel, said they wrapped filming Jordan’s Celebrity IOU episode about five months before his death at the age of 67 , which was widely reported as a likely heart attack incident before his BMW crashed into the side of a building.

On the day of Jordan’s death, October 24, the Property Brothers were busy filming one of their shows when they got the news.

“We were actually on set filming,” Drew told Extra, “and someone texted me and I literally had to stop for a second because it’s one of those things where it just doesn’t seem real.”

He also said Entertainment Tonight, “We actually had to shut down production when we got the news that this had happened because we just couldn’t believe it.”

Drew Scott says the new episode shows Jordan’s great energy and big heart

HGTV’s hit show Celebrity IOU allows stars to surprise a deserving friend, relative or colleague with a revamped room they renovated with the Scott brothers. Jordan knew exactly who he wanted to help: Newell and Rosemary Alexander, whom the aspiring actor met after moving from Memphis to Los Angeles in the 1980s.

According to HGTV, The couple “helped him get into the theater and eventually became more like a family.” And although Jordan had no experience doing renovations, he was eager to lend a hand and help during filming, and became friends with the crew in the process.

“Every day on set, he would sit with different people from our crew while he was renovating the house with us,” Drew said said Access Hollywood in another interview about the show. “He knew everyone by name and he heard their stories and shared his stories and that just goes to show what an amazing person he is.”

“As soon as Leslie walks into a set, everyone lights up,” added Jonathan. “Before filming, he had never done any demolition work. You know, styling, dressing, choosing finishes…everything was new to him but you would never know because he enjoyed it so much and was always willing to do whatever it took.”

HGTV originally planned to kick off the new set of eight Celebrity IOU episodes with the show starring supermodel Cindy Crawford, but following Jordan’s death it felt only right to rearrange the schedule to pay tribute to the actor.

The new episode will air November 14 at 9 p.m. Eastern / 8 p.m. Central on HGTV and Discovery+. How ‘Celebrity IOU’ hosts found out Leslie Jordan had died

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