“Workaholics” will dedicate its third season to Jesse Hudson, series stars and co-creators Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson tell XfinityTV.com exclusively.
The fifty-nine-year-old actor, who starred as the sharp-tongued telemarketer Jet Set Hudson on the Comedy Central series, was pronounced dead by paramedics after being found unresponsive in his car on the morning of December 14. He was expected to appear in a scene in the final episode of the season that day, but never showed up on set.
“We didn’t know where he was,” recalls Devine. “He was the type of guy who was there early, and always smiling,” says Anderson. “He had the most positive energy on set.” Adds Holm, “He was the heart of the show for real.”
Devine says they hope to incorporate an in memoriam, “Rest in Peace Jet Set” card at the end of each episode in the remainder of the third season, which resumes on January 16.
Looking ahead at Season 4, Anderson says they’d like to acknowledge Hudson’s absence with a subtle gesture: placing a photo of him in the trio’s TelAmeriCorp cubicle, similar to the way “Cheers” handled the death of Nicholas Colasanto (Coach).
“I know people die and people idolize them and make them bigger and better than they actually were,” Devine admits. “But he was just the sweetest man. He loved ‘Workaholics,’ and loved doing the show. He was so genuine and so thankful and we really really miss him.”
“Workaholics” returns on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10/9c on Comedy Central.