The Masked Singer had some significant losses in 2022 that cast and fans alike are mourning. The Masked Singer season 8 was one of the biggest in the show’s history. The final brought the unveiling of winner Amber Riley (Harp) and runner-up Wilson Phillips (Lambs). The season also featured theme nights for the first time. Additionally, several guest stars and panelists joined Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger as they tried to guess who was behind the masks.
However, The Masked Singer season 8 also had moments of great sadness as three of the most beloved stars in the show’s history passed away in 2022. Bob Saget, Leslie Jordan and Kirstie Alley each entertained the audience with their Masked singer appearances. They will forever be missed and remembered by fans of the show.
Bob Saget (Squiggly Monster)
Bob was best known for his portrayal of Danny Tanner, the beloved father from Full house and its successor Fuller House. He was also a successful stand-up comedian, the original host of America’s Funniest Home Videosand the narrator of How I met your mother, providing the voice of the elderly Ted Mosby. Bob joined the cast The Masked Singer season 4 as Squiggly Monster. His costume was silly and made entirely of multicolored synthetic fur. It had six arms, five eyes, a smiling mouth with shining white teeth and a small top hat on its long, shaggy hair. During the competition, Bob sang “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones, highlighting his amazing voice. He was a good friend of That Masked singer panelist Robin Thicke’s father, actor Alan Thicke, so Robin was easily able to guess him.
Bob died on January 9, 2022, aged 65, of blunt force trauma to the head from an accidental blow to the back of the head, most likely from a fall. He was found unresponsive in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando. During The Masked Singer season 8 TV Theme Song Night, the series paid tribute to Bob. In Battle Royale, Harp performed a slower gospel-inspired version of Full housethe theme song “Everywhere You Look.” It showed the meaning of the lyrics in a way no one had ever heard before. The audience and panelist Ken Jeong were brought to tears. Jodie Sweetin, who played Bob’s daughter, Stephanie, on Full house was a special guest on that episode of The Masked Singerwhich made the moment even more touching.
Leslie Jordan (Soft Serve & Guest Panelist)
Leslie had many film and television credits to his name and was best known for his roles Will & Grace, American Horror Storyand The cool kids. At the time of his death, he played the lovable character Phil on the sitcom Call me Cat. He brought joy and hope to people during the lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic when he became an online sensation with his viral videos.
Leslie was also a guest panelist on The Masked Singer. During Season 6, he wore the Soft Serve mask and sang “This Little Light of Mine” before revealing himself and joining the panel. He returned as a guest panelist in season 7. His last appearance on The Masked Singer was in season 8 after his death. Leslie died at the age of 67 in a car accident due to a suspected medical emergency on October 24, 2022.
Kirstie Alley (Baby Mammoth)
Kirstie was a legendary actress whose Masked singer season 7 as Baby Mammoth was her final television appearance. Kirstie had numerous TV and film credits to her name, including her Emmy-winning role Cheers, veronica’s closet, that See who’s talking franchiseand two seasons of Dancing with the stars. As Baby Mammoth, Kirstie dressed in a giant, fuzzy, hot pink baby mammoth costume, complete with hooves, two tiny tusks, a trunk and big eyes with long eyelashes. The costume was really adorable and everyone loved it. She lasted two weeks in the competition before her elimination.
During The Masked Singer season 7 Kirstie sang “Walkin’ After Midnight” by Patsy Cline, “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” by Cher and “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor during a dueling performance against Shaggy as the Space Bunny. Kirstie also did a cute Baby Mammoth song and dance that delighted the panel and audience. It was a silly and sweet moment that really captured Kirstie’s personality. Kirstie died on 5 December 2022, aged 71, after a short battle with colon cancer.
The Masked Singer fans were devastated by the shocking deaths of Bob, Leslie and Kirstie. No one could have predicted their tragic deaths when they appeared on the show. They were taken from the world far too soon. They thrilled their fans by performing in the singing competition. Fans will always remember how much joy they brought The Masked Singer.
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