Name Me Kat misplaced a sizeable determine when Leslie Jordan handed away final yr. The veteran comedian, who gained over much more audiences throughout the pandemic because of his candid and hilarious Instagram tales, died tragically in October 2022 because of a cardiac dysfunction whereas driving.
The January 5-airing winter premiere defined the absence of Jordan’s Phil with the baker taking a trip to Tahiti together with his new boyfriend. That was a wedding proposal and a long-term keep — with Phil opening up a bakery of his personal on the island. Quite than have the solid endure by means of a staged funeral whereas they have been nonetheless within the midst of actively mourning their pal, it was determined to let Phil reside on and have the glad ending he deserved.
In fact, this has left a spot open on the cafe, and auditions for the brand new baker are taking place because the sequence welcomes visitor stars to take up the function till they discover a match that satisfies audiences who will little doubt be lacking Jordan’s presence on the present. And now it looks like a well-recognized face might fill the function: Jack McBrayer.
Initially, Jordan’s former The Cool Youngsters castmate Vicki Lawrence stepped as much as bake with a guest-starring function as Phil’s mother. Jordan thought-about Lawrence a mentor, so Lawrence was solid particularly to honor the late actor.
However now, the everlasting place is up for grabs. Fox has introduced that the aforementioned 30 Rock alum will take up store as the brand new baker at Name Me Kat’s cafe for a guest-starring function as Amish baker Gideon. No phrase but on if the character would be the everlasting substitute, but when the function resonates with the viewers, it’s seemingly he might be again for Season 4.
The brand new clip reveals McBrayer being launched to the gang, overalls and naivety aplenty, as he units out “on a journey of self-discovery.”
Watch the clip beneath:
Name Me Kat, Season 3, Thursdays, 9:30/8:30c, Fox