Anthony Bourdain Leaving Travel Channel to Host New Weekend Program on CNN

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May 29th, 2012

via press release:



Launching in Early 2013 on CNN & CNNI, Program Expands CNN’s Coverage of Food and Travel; Bourdain to Also Offer Commentary Across CNN Programs


World-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain will join CNN as host of a new weekend program, creating a signature showcase for the network’s coverage of food and travel. The announcement was made by CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President and Managing Editor, Mark Whitaker.


“For more than a decade, Anthony Bourdain has been a trailblazer in educating Americans about different cuisines and cultures around the world, as well as an outspoken commentator on social trends ranging from the rise of celebrity chefs to the impact of fast food chains to the spread of vegetarianism and veganism.” said Whitaker. “Examining the world through the prism of Tony’s unique expertise and passions continues CNN’s long-standing commitment to international reporting and to promoting global understanding.”

Launching in early 2013, the show will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals. Slated to air domestically on Sundays in prime time with repeat airings on Saturday nights, it will mark a further step in broadening and distinguishing CNN’s weekend programming from its traditional weekday news coverage.

The series will be produced by Zero Point Zero Production with Executive Producers and Founders Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, along with Executive Producer Sandy Zweig. The Emmy award winning Zero Point Zero Production has been working with Anthony Bourdain for over a decade, producing Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover, A Cooks Tour, and Decoding Ferran Adria.
Bourdain, whose reporting has taken him from the culinary capitals of Europe, Asia and North and South America to such historically war-torn or isolated regions as Vietnam, Mozambique, Uzbekistan and Romania, will also offer commentary on other CNN programs and platforms, domestically and internationally, providing insights into current events and debates around food and health and other cultural conversations.


“I’m really looking forward to coming over to CNN. I think the world is going to get a whole lot bigger for me,” said Bourdain. “I hope that old fans and new ones will be excited about what’s coming down the road.”


Bourdain has been the host of the award-winning Travel Channel series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations since 2005. He previously hosted A Cook’s Tour on the Food Network and has appeared on Bravo’s competition series Top Chef and written for HBO’s New Orleans-based drama Treme. He is also the author of critically acclaimed non-fiction and fiction books, including the New York Times bestsellers “Kitchen Confidential and “A Cook’s Tour.” He now oversees his own line of books from Ecco, a division of HarperCollins, the first three of which are scheduled to be released in 2013.
Bourdain’s many accolades include Emmy awards for programs on Haiti and Laos, and an Emmy nomination for an episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, which was shot in Beirut during the 2006 Lebanon War.

  • MattM

    Get ready for half the ratings Tony. His shows ran their course anyway. CNN show should be interesting.

  • DonJ1973

    Been a fan of Tony Bourdain since “A Cook’s Tour” back on the Food Network. Kind of disappointing that Travel Channel would let him leave. Without him, the Travel Channel lacks a truly International flavored show, especially with Andrew Zimmern scaling back his show to a domestic edition and Samantha Brown only making sporadic apperances. I read the future of Bourdain’s 2nd show “The Layover” is also in question unless they find a replacement host.

  • Alex


    I loved the No Reservations episode of Baja.

  • USAmerica1st

    Bourdain had one of the best shows on Travel Channel (doing things I would never do and eating things I would never allow to pass my lips). His viewership should get larger and so should his bank account, even on the struggling CNN.

  • Hillbilly

    CNN makes a move to help their weekend ratings? They should start with their M-F pm ratings before the weekend. JMO

    I wonder if there’s data for his viewership on the Travel Channel? It might be higher than some of CNN’s prime time shows. ;)

  • Ram510

    It going to be weird to not see No Reservations on anymore

  • scott

    This is good news and a good move on CNN’s part. Now if they buy Vanguard from Current when it’s network goes under than you have what CNN should be about. It wouldn’t be an issue for CNN to air one of these taped shows during it’s 6 or 9 PM slots. You have an anchor on hand to cut in with breaking news if needed for the hour.

  • Columbo

    Anthony is custom made for CNN. This is a guy who said that the US-Mexico border should be freely open because of all the good Tex-Mex food.

  • Jack R

    Anthony is yet another sold out, living in a myopic world of ease starlet. He has little compassion for those who lead harder lives than his lavish lifestyle, though he attempts to portray himself as someone who has been through hard times. It was disgraceful how he mocked the Russian man who he claimed was his friend, in his Romania episode. The poor Russian was drunk on his birthday because he was feeling so much pressure from American crews to please the King Anthony. Anthony acted like he was so put out by the Romainan people, yet here we have people all over the world dying of hunger and Anthony is complaining about his food and drink. It was also disgusting to see him salivate over a killed pig in the Romaina episode. Me thinks Anthony is a big pussy who needs a serious reality check on how to be grateful for what he has. It must be so easy for American crews to waltz into another country, especially a country that is poor, like Romania, and think that he can use all the people there for his big shot show, and if they don’t live up to his standards, well then, they are mocked.

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