‘Superstore’ might be paying tribute to the late Linda Porter, a.okay.a. Myrtle, in the course of the Jan. 16 episode. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the forged about their beautiful co-star and filming the ‘bittersweet’ tribute.
The staff of Cloud 9 might be bidding farewell to their beloved Myrtle within the Jan. 16 episode of Superstore. The episode is just titled “Myrtle.” Linda Porter, who performed the lovable longtime worker of Cloud 9, handed away following a battle with most cancers in September 2019. HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Superstore forged members Lauren Ash, Kaliko Kauahi, Nico Santos, and Ben Feldman on the Television Critics Association winter press tour about saying goodbye to their co-star.
“Linda Porter was such a fan of Superstore,” Lauren instructed HollywoodLife. “She was such a bright light. You couldn’t not smile around Linda Porter. Her smile was contagious and I really think nobody loved the show more than her. It would have been bizarre for us not to have taken a real moment and really had an episode featuring a memorial to her, so it was a beautiful thing. It was the right thing.” Kaliko added, “We became friends because we started season 1 together as co-stars and we just bonded. Having her there on set she was always so full of joy, so happy to be there, happy to see everyone, and never took any of it for granted.”
Like Lauren, Nico mentioned Linda was “such a huge part” of the forged. “She was an amazing woman who lived an amazing life and she always had the best stories,” Nico continued. “To film that episode and reflect on her life and what she’s brought to our show was a really bittersweet moment for all of us.”
Ben admitted it’s a “really sad” factor to be saying goodbye to not only a character however somebody everyone seems to be used to seeing almost day by day. “It’s a rare thing to be on a TV show honoring a character that died who was also your friend and someone on set who also died,” Ben instructed HL. “It’s a very unique situation that I don’t think a lot of people have been a part of.”
The staff might be wrestling with the lack of Myrtle and the truth that she left a big sum of cash to Jonah. At the time of her dying, Linda had appeared in over 30 episodes of the NBC comedy sequence. Superstore season 5 airs Thursdays at eight p.m. on NBC.