No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain will join CNN in early 2013, the network confirmed in a press release. The award-winning chef will bring his no-holds-barred style to the 24-hour news network as the host of a food and travel program that will air Sundays during primetime. As part of this new deal, Bourdain will also provide commentary for other CNN shows.
As with his Travel Channel gig, Bourdain’s new show will be shot on location and show different cultures and cuisines throughout the world. According to CNN Worldwide executive vice president and managing editor, Mark 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.”
At time of post, the Travel Channel had not responded to EW’s request for comment. The Travel Channel, currently home to two of Bourdain’s shows, has issued a response. See below.
According to a Travel Channel spokesperson,
“As part of Travel Channel’s strategic repositioning of the brand and its core programming mission, the Network has been aggressively developing new talent, new voices and new shows, as announced last year. Anthony Bourdain has been an iconic figure at Travel Channel for eight groundbreaking seasons of the Emmy award-winning No Reservations and he just finished shooting the latest season of No Reservations. Additionally, we just began filming with Tony for season two of The Layover. Original episodes of both series will run through 2013 and Bourdain programs will always have a home on Travel Channel. We are proud of the great storytelling Tony has brought to the Network. We congratulate him on his new venture and look forward to working with him on new projects in the future.”