The Masked Singer: Leslie Jordan makes posthumous appearance as panelist during Hall Of Fame Night

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Leslie Jordan made a posthumous appearance as a panelist on Wednesday’s episode of The Masked Singer on Fox after dying last month at age 67.

The season eight Hall Of Fame Night episode opened with an in memoriam for Leslie who died on October 4 of a suspected heart attack while driving that led to him crashing his BMW into the side of a building in Hollywood.

Show host Nick Cannon, 42, revealed that regular panelist Ken Jeong, 53, was absent, but told the studio audience he had some good news.

The Masked Singer: Leslie Jordan makes posthumous appearance as panelist during Hall Of Fame Night

Posthumous panelist: Leslie Jordan made a posthumous appearance as a panelist on Wednesday’s episode of The Masked Singer on Fox after dying last month at age 67

‘We have a star replacement from the social media Hall of Fame and Fox’s Call Me Kat. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Leslie Jordan!,’ Nick bellowed as Leslie was rolled in on a chariot to the delight of the audience.

‘I love this man!,’ Nick said as he leaned over to hug Leslie.

‘Leslie!,’ hollered panelist Jenny McCarthy, 50.

‘Thank you for coming back!,’ Nick said to Leslie.

In memoriam: The season eight Hall Of Fame Night episode opened with an in memoriam for Leslie who died on October 4 of a suspected heart attack while driving that led to him crashing his BMW into the side of a building in Hollywood

In memoriam: The season eight Hall Of Fame Night episode opened with an in memoriam for Leslie who died on October 4 of a suspected heart attack while driving that led to him crashing his BMW into the side of a building in Hollywood

Chariot ride: Leslie was rolled in on a chariot to the delight of the audience

Chariot ride: Leslie was rolled in on a chariot to the delight of the audience

Star replacement: 'We have a star replacement from the social media Hall of Fame and Fox's Call Me Kat. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Leslie Jordan!,' Nick bellowed

Star replacement: ‘We have a star replacement from the social media Hall of Fame and Fox’s Call Me Kat. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Leslie Jordan!,’ Nick bellowed

‘Yeah, I seldom get invited back anywhere, so it’s exciting,’ Leslie quipped before he sprinted over to join the other panelists at the table.

Leslie previously was a guest panelist on season six of The Masked Singer and also performed This Little Light Of Mine in a Soft Serve ice-cream costume during the episode.

The native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, won an outstanding guest actor Emmy in 2005 for his part as Beverly Leslie in Will & Grace, had a recurring role on the Mayim Bialik comedy Call Me Kat and previously starred on the sitcom The Cool Kids.

Leslie was on his way to scheduled filming of Call Me Kat when he suffered a medical episode and crashed.

The Masked Singer episode featured the unmasking of boxer George Foreman, 73, and 81-year-old legendary funk singer George Clinton.

George, known not only for being a legendary boxer but also for his George Foreman grill, performed as the Venus Fly Trap mask, a giant green plant costume. As the Venus Fly Trap he took the stage and performed Get Ready by The Temptations.

Mask off: The Masked Singer episode featured the unmasking of boxer George Foreman

Mask off: The Masked Singer episode featured the unmasking of boxer George Foreman

Funk legend: George Clinton also was unmasked on Hall Of Fame Night

Funk legend: George Clinton also was unmasked on Hall Of Fame Night

‘This is my favorite costume of the entire season,’ panelist Nicole Scherzinger, 44, said.

The Venus Fly Trap’s clues were space, a gold medal, and a horse shoe. An additional clue brought out by a live goat said ‘100 million.’

Jenny thought it was Bo Jackson. Nicole thought he was an NBA player like Charles Barkley. Robin Thicke, 45, thought it was actually George Foreman. Guest panelist Joel McHale, 50, thought it was Mickey Rouke. Leslie thought it was Mike Tyson.

Carnivorous plant: George, known not only for being a legendary boxer but also for his George Foreman grill, performed as the Venus Fly Trap mask

Carnivorous plant: George, known not only for being a legendary boxer but also for his George Foreman grill, performed as the Venus Fly Trap mask

Favorite costume: 'This is my favorite costume of the entire season,' panelist Nicole Scherzinger, 44, said of Venus Fly Trap

Favorite costume: ‘This is my favorite costume of the entire season,’ panelist Nicole Scherzinger, 44, said of Venus Fly Trap

After he was unmasked, Nick asked the boxing legend why he came on The Masked Singer.

‘The greatest show on Earth,’ George said. ‘It was a lot of fun all of a sudden now I want to go into the recording industry. I need a hit record now.’

Robin told him he was a huge fan.

Big fan: Robin told George that he was a big fan

Big fan: Robin told George that he was a big fan

‘That was quite an accomplishment,’ Robin said.

Nick asked him the secret to his success.

‘The George Foreman lean, mean, fat-reducing grill machine,’ George said.

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Joel held up his credit card and said he would like to buy one right now.

Guest panelist: Joel McHale held up his credit card and said he would like to buy one right now

Guest panelist: Joel McHale held up his credit card and said he would like to buy one right now

The show opened with Nicole performing Irene Cara’s song Fame. The first contestant of the night was the Bride, a giant purple dinosaur wearing a bridal gown and veil.

‘Talk about a Bridezilla,’ Nick said.

Clues to the Bride’s identity included a rose, a globe, and a snake pin. The Bride then took the stage and sang Walk The Moon’s song Shut Up And Dance. Dancers jumped behind him as confetti fell down.

Musical opening: The show opened with Nicole performing Irene Cara's song Fame

Musical opening: The show opened with Nicole performing Irene Cara’s song Fame

Killed it: The 44-year-old singer knocked it out of the yard with her rendition of Fame

Killed it: The 44-year-old singer knocked it out of the yard with her rendition of Fame

‘That was fun,’ Robin said.

‘You sound like a real rockstar,’ Jenny said.

Nick said all the contestants were G.O.A.T.s in their field and then had a real goat bring out an additional clue for the Bride, which was a medal that said ‘action hero.’

Big bride: The first contestant of the night was the Bride, a giant purple dinosaur wearing a bridal gown and veil

Big bride: The first contestant of the night was the Bride, a giant purple dinosaur wearing a bridal gown and veil

Nicole guessed that it was David Coverdale from Whiteface. Robin thought it was Carrot Top.

The final constant of the night was the Gopher who came out wearing a cowboy hat, a purple suit and red gloves. Gopher’s clues included the hall of fame, a glowing dog, and a Grammy. The Gopher performed It’s Your Thing by the Isley Brothers.

The crowd gave him a standing ovation when he finished.

Burrowing rodent: The final constant of the night was the Gopher who came out wearing a cowboy hat, a purple suit and red gloves

Burrowing rodent: The final constant of the night was the Gopher who came out wearing a cowboy hat, a purple suit and red gloves

‘That’s an iconic voice,’ Nicole said.

‘We all grew up with that voice but I can’t place it,’ Leslie said.

The Gopher’s additional clue was ‘LOL.’ Jenny thought it might be Martin Lawrence. Leslie thought it might be Flavor Flav. Joel said he thought it was George Wallace. Robin guessed it might be Sly Stone or George Clinton. 

The Gopher and the Bride accompanied by legendary drummer Sheila E. both sang Smash Mouth’s song All Star in the Battle Royale competition.

The judges voted that the Bride was the winner and the Gopher was unmasked.

Leslie guessed it was Flavor Flav. Joel thought it was comedian George Wallace. Jenny guessed it was Bootsy Collins. Robin and George both thought it was George Clinton and they were right. When he was unmasked, Nick asked the funk legend what it was like being inside the Gopher costume.

Legendary drummer: The Gopher and the Bride accompanied by legendary drummer Sheila E. both sang Smash Mouth's song All Star in the Battle Royale competition

Legendary drummer: The Gopher and the Bride accompanied by legendary drummer Sheila E. both sang Smash Mouth’s song All Star in the Battle Royale competition

‘Man, it’s hot as hell but I’m cool, y’all,’ George said.

Nick asked him why he wanted to be on the show.

‘I saw T-Pain on this thing,’ George said. ‘I had to get some of this.’

Hot costume: 'Man, it's hot as hell but I'm cool, y'all,' George said

Hot costume: ‘Man, it’s hot as hell but I’m cool, y’all,’ George said

Robin said his music inspired him.

‘Let’s give it up for the Gopher,’ Nick said. ‘The funkiest Gopher you will ever meet.’

Sheila E. then joined George on the stage to sing along with Robin and the other judges to Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker).

Joining in: Sheila E. then joined George on the stage to sing along with Robin and the other judges to Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)

Joining in: Sheila E. then joined George on the stage to sing along with Robin and the other judges to Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)

The Bride moved on to the semi finals.

The show ended with a special tribute to Leslie featuring clips of when he performed as Soft Serve and other clips of him as a panelist.

The Masked Singer will return next Wednesday on Fox.

Leslie also will have a posthumous appearance on Monday’s episode of Celebrity IOU on HGTV providing a home renovation for his friends Rosemary Alexander and Newell Alexander with the help of Jonathan and Drew Scott.

Special tribute: The show ended with a special tribute to Leslie

Special tribute: The show ended with a special tribute to Leslie

Past appearances: The tribute showed Leslie when he performed as Soft Serve and other clips of him as a panelist

Past appearances: The tribute showed Leslie when he performed as Soft Serve and other clips of him as a panelist

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