Netflix extends ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ past its expiry date of June 16
The first eight seasons of the CNN docu-series hosted by Bourdain was supposed to be removed from the Netflix library on June 16.
The world is still reeling from the loss of the culinary genius Anthony Bourdain. His fans will be deprived of inimitable story-telling forever, but thanks to Netflix, we can relive the old ones as many times as we want.
The streaming network owns the streaming rights to 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,' the CNN docu-series, he was working on just before his death. Late last month Netflix had announced that the first eight seasons of the beloved show would be removed from their library on June 16, 2018.
However, on Tuesday, June 12, they released a statement which promised to keep the show on, way past its initially intended shelf life. "Some fans have noticed that 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown' was scheduled to come off Netflix US on June 16. As of today, we’ve extended our agreement that will keep Parts Unknown on the service for months to come," read the tweet from Netflix US.
The series, which is widely considered to be a part-travelogue, part-cooking show and most importantly, a documentary on humanity, is a favorite for many.
We have watched the bad boy of culinary world have a bowl of Hanoi noodle shop with President Barack Obama in the premiere episode of season 8. We also got to watch him meet his later-girlfriend actress Asia Argento, who had filled in as Bourdain's tour guide in Italy during the finale of the season. For lack of better words, the show was pure and unadulterated.
Bourdain was in France, working on the show, last week when he took his own life. His lifeless body was found by his close friend and French chef Eric Ripert in his hotel room on Friday, June 8, morning.
Confirming Bourdain's death CNN released a statement, "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."
The chef, who has been quite open with his struggles with mental health and depression, in particular, has oftentimes said that he would fight to live for the sake of his daughter born of his union with ex-wife Ottavia Busia-Bourdain.
A couple of days after his death, Busia had shared an image of their 11-year-old, captioning it, “Our little girl had her concert today. She was amazing. So strong and brave. She wore the boots you bought her. I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are.”
Bourdain's death comes just days after celebrity designer Kate Spade's apparent suicide. Their deaths have inspired many to open up about their own struggles with depression and suicidal tendencies.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).