Anthony Bourdain’s Series Finale: His Last Layover with No Reservations at Travel Channel

For those foodies who haven’t seen or heard, Anthony Bourdain, author of New York Times Bestseller “Kitchen Confidential” and Paula Deen gadfly, has been featured in countless ads for “The Final Tour,” his series finale as host of Travel Channel’s “The Layover” & “No Reservations.”
This past May he announced that he accepted an offer from CNN to bring his Emmy-winning Zero Point Zero production team to CNN as part of CNN’s effort to bolster their lower viewership on weekends. This move comes as no surprise since the much sensationalized so-called “feud” between him and Paula Deen.  This trumped-up “feud” began over his (in my opinion spot on) remarks, regarding her touting over-the-top grossly unhealthy food to the American public on The Food Network.  He had often referred to her as “the most dangerous person in America,” for her potential to kill more Americans than the terrorists with her recipes. When Paula Deen finally revealed her Type 2 diabetes three years after her diagnosis to say she was now a spokesperson for a diabetes drug, many people felt it was disingenuous that she had continued promoting her cookbooks’ recipes during those years of silence. Rumors of a feud were refueled when Bourdain famously tweeted, “Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later.”
I’ve heard his snarky comments firsthand, and I speculate that there was a tiny bit of truth hidden in his comments about playing “Paula Deen’s bitch” after the Travel Channel had been acquired by The Food Network. I’m sure The Food Network tends to favor those personalities who can earn them additional income streams by pitching a line of magazines, cookbooks, cookware, tableware and other items bearing The Food Network logo.
Travel Channel depends on contacts or “fixers” abroad to help in making the arrangements for places to do their location shots.  Bourdain has expressed excitement at the resources at his disposal by joining the CNN family. He’s definitely looking forward to traveling to some places that have been more difficult to attempt a visit in the past. So, coupled with the fact that he will have the same production team, expect his show to be as good if not better. If anything, he may become even more snarky in this food commentary. Because now, he won’t be restrained with having to “play nice” with certain celebrity chefs since they are no longer working for the same network. Let’s see how well CNN deals with his bad boy forays into illegal substances (absinthe in Paris, ganja in Jamaica, happy pizza in Cambodia, etc.) and frequent smattering of bleeped out F-bombs.
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