George Clooney Almost Got Leslie Jordan with This Epic Weight-Loss Prank
Leslie Jordan is a viral sensation, and now he has a book!
“Extra’s” Billy Bush caught up with the actor, who has danced with Katharine McPhee, spoofed the Housewives, and grown his Instagram audience to 5.7 million followers during the pandemic.
Billy told him, “You are hot, hot, hot with the kids… They love you, LJ. I mean, can you believe this? And you had no idea what you were doing when they fell in your lap.”
Leslie replied, “I didn’t. I was a marketing genius and I didn’t even know it. I started posting during the pandemic and I thought, ‘I’m not going to talk about politics. I’m not going to talk about religion. I’m not going to sell anybody anything’ — I’m rethinking that — but ‘I’m just going to make people laugh’… and boy, it worked.”
He went on, “And I liked the fact that… I would talk to all my fans on Instagram and say, ‘Well, you remember from… “Will and Grace.”’ … Not one of them, they’d never heard of me, as my fans, had never, ever heard of me, which I love that they’re… getting to meet me, not some part I played.”
Jordan’s new book “How Y’all Doing?” is out now, a collection of wild stories and unforgettable events over his career. Jordan was even the subject of a George Clooney prank.
The stars worked together on the 1992 TV show “Bodies of Evidence,” and Leslie dished, “I was on a diet… I’m like a little beachball with arms and I’m always thinking I could look a little better, a little thinner… He got tired of hearing about it… He went to the wardrobe people… He said, ‘Take those pants out about an inch every day’… So I would show up and I’d say… ‘Guys, guys, I’m not losing pounds. I weigh myself. Losing inches.’ By the third day, I had this big belt. He’s a jokester.”
Billy asked, “Do you think if you were a six-foot-tall guy, you’d have the same amount of successes?”
Leslie answered, “I’ve wondered… what if I was six foot tall? What if I was straight? I tell you what, I’d be married in Chattanooga, Tennessee… I think that I would. I think that’s what got me out of Chattanooga. I think it’s what propelled me into what I do. I think that, you know, being gay was such a big part of me and being short was such a part of me…. You know if I was six foot tall, I’d be married to Sheila, and her and I’d have five kids.”