“We sometimes feel like it didn’t really happen,” CNN vice president Amy Entelis, in charge of CNN’s Original Series, said of Anthony Bourdain’s death in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “Sometimes a thought runs through your head thinking that maybe it’s a dream.”
“People said, ‘I was afraid to travel before I watched the show,’ ‘I followed his route,’ ‘I was an addict and I connected with Tony and now I’m fine,’ ” Entelis said. “Others were angry that he’s not in the world anymore. It’s an incredible outpouring. A lot of people are experiencing what we are.”
Bourdain’s death means the end of Parts Unknown for CNN Original Series.
Only one episode — a trip to Kenya with W. Kamau Bell, the host of CNN’s United Shades of America — was completed before Bourdain’s death. It will be the last to have Bourdain’s written narration, which gives the series its personal tone.
“Each one will feel slightly different depending on what’s gathered in the field,” Entelis said. “They will have the full presence of Tony because you’ll see him, you’ll hear him, you’ll watch him. That layer of his narration will be missing, but it will be replaced by other voices of people who are in the episodes.”