Drew and Jonathan Scott reflected on their relationship with Leslie Jordan following his death.
Jordan died on October 24 after his car crashed into a building. He was 67 years old.
“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” a statement from Jordan’s representative shared with Insider at the time said. “Not only was he a mega talent and joy to work with, but he provided an emotional sanctuary to the nation at one of its most difficult times.”
Before he died, Jordan worked with the Property Brothers for their show “Celebrity IOU” to renovate the home of his friends Rosemary and Newell, who he knew for over 40 years.
The renovation will be featured in the season premiere of the show on November 14. The Scotts spoke to Insider about Jordan ahead of the new episode.
“He is the sweetest human being you’ll ever meet, and we’ve known him for a while now,” Jonathan said of Jordan. “He’s the kind of person who just warms your heart the moment he speaks to you. He is so sincere.”
“He’s somebody who will definitely be missed,” Jonathan added. “He’s a sweetheart.”
Jonathan went on to say that even when the set was chaotic, Jordan made time for people.
“Any set can be busy, but we would always turn around, and we’d see him,” Jonathan told Insider. “He’s just sitting down with another crew member, whether it’s PAs or camera team, whoever it is. He’s just sitting down one-on-one, sharing stories.”
Drew also said Jordan was enthusiastic about the renovation, as many of the stars who appear on “Celebrity IOU” are.
“Something really cool with Leslie and with a lot of the talent that we have on ‘Celebrity IOU’ is they’re so into this as well, and they’re doing everything they can to be there,” Drew said.
“Some days, we would come where we thought it was just Jonathan and me on set doing construction for the day because all these talents have busy schedules,” he said. “Some days they would just show up, some of the talent, and they’re there, gloves in hand. They’re wearing their construction clothes because that’s how committed they are.”
“They’re not just telling us, ‘Do this, do that.’ I love it,” Drew added. “It really shows the heart, and it shows a different side of all these talents that people aren’t used to seeing.”
Jonathan told Insider that Jordan in particular was enthusiastic about his renovation because of his relationship with his friends.
“He was all in because Rosemary and Newell were so pivotal for him in his career and just his personal life and his health and mental health,” Jonathan said. “You’re gonna cry. It’s a touching episode.”
The season premiere of “Celebrity IOU” airs on HGTV and Discovery+ on Monday, November 14.