The Masked Singer will say goodbye to Kirstie Alley days after the Cheers actor died of colon cancer on Monday.
The Times confirmed Wednesday that the Emmy-winning singing competition will pay tribute to Alley, who was a contestant on Fox’s The Masked Singer. In April, Alley made her final television appearance in Season 7 of the show as the pink baby mammoth. She performed a number of songs including Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight.”
While Alley didn’t last long on the series, The Masked Singer will commemorate the Emmy winner with a tribute card. A Fox representative told The Times that the tribute will feature a picture of the “Look Who’s Talking” actor on the show with the message “In loving memory of Kirstie Alley.”
The farewell will air Wednesday during the series’ Christmas special, which airs at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Alley’s departure comes just a month after The Masked Singer said goodbye to Leslie Jordan, who previously served as guest judge. The Call Me Kat star, 67, died in a car accident in October.
While “The Masked Singer” seemed like an odd last hooray for Alley, the actress explained that she had good reasons for entering the crazy singing competition.
“I got into ‘Masked Singer’ because I realized about 10 years ago that I had to keep shaking up my career and my life or it would become really mundane, it would become boring very quickly. So I finally worked up the courage to do it,” she said in her exit interview.
Alley’s daughters, True and Lillie Parker, announced their mother’s death on their social media accounts. In a statement released Monday night, they said the two-time Emmy winner had died “after a battle with a recently discovered cancer.” She was 71.
“The zest for life and passion of our mother, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy in creating, was unparalleled and inspires us to live life to the fullest, just as she did.” it in the statement.
The Masked Singer will join a number of Hollywood personalities who have remembered Alley, including her Look Who’s Talking co-star John Travolta. Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Chenoweth, William Shatner and Tim Allen also paid tribute on social media. Alley’s “Cheers” co-stars also shared fond memories with the actor.
In matching tweets, The Masked Singer judge Ken Jeong and the show’s official Twitter wrote “rest in peace Kirstie” on Monday.
Nardine Saad, a Times contributor, contributed to this report.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-12-07/kirstie-alley-masked-singer-tribute-fox How ‘The Masked Singer’ will pay tribute to Kirstie Alley