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thank you for being with me. i hope a good evening and great week ahead. happy father's day. good night. turkey neck, oh. >> i think everybody who listens to the open of parts unknown is suddenly like a syndrome, really electrified and prepared through the sound, the music, for something really different on television. >> tony was an original. that's rare in this business. and not only did he have such a cool existence, but he had his own theme, which is a huge thing. it was just an affirmation of what he was all about.
the organic nation. the originality. the cutting his own path. ♪ >> i was in my offense. about 4:45. had my back to the door and i heard my door shut. i turned around my boss was sta thg looking a ashen. he says i have to tell you something. no one else knows, but we're going to have to report this. anthony bourdain is dead. i was shocked. i think i actually screamed oh no. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> we have some terribly sad news to report this morning. heartbreaking and devastating. world renowned, best-selling author, award winning host of parts unknown and our friend, anthony bourdain, has died.
>> anthony was found dead this morning in his hotel room in france. he had hung himself in his hotel room. >> the idea that he was suffering somehow is really heartbreak iing. >> honestly, it's hard to even talk about him in the past tense at this point. it's -- it's really -- yeah, it's really hard to hard to imagine. the pain he must have been feeling. at least in that moment, in those moments and the lonelyness he must have been feeling, it's just terribly sad to think about and makes me very sad for him to have, to have had that. >> somebody as vital, as passionate, as alive, as warm, as human as tony bourdain, i could not imagine a, that he was
gone and b, that he was gone in this manner. >> i lost a brother to suicide so i know the shock that people feel. i know the shock that loved ones feel. it's something that i've thought about for 30 years and i don't have any answers about why somebody does it. >> anthony's life changed in 1999. that's when he wrote his famous art b kl for the new yorker. don't eat before reading this. he was letting us all inside the kitsch. revealing the secrets of the chef world. of the restaurant world. and it quickly became a book. kitchen confidential. that's what led him to the food network, to the travel channel and to cnn. >> this is a world of fresh, delicious, spicy, meaty, salty, sour, sweet, bitter. >> parts unknown started on cnn in 2013. and it was like a bolt of lightning. >> the most vital thing, giver of life, sticky rice. >> when he brought parts unknown
to cand i interviewed him about what his mission was, he basically said i want to go to familiar and less familiar places to tell the american people about all these places, but through the medium that they will be able to relate to. so food. everybody can relate to food, right? he was also telling about culture and politics and history and the geography, but through food. >> welcome to shanghai province. tucked up near the borders of burma, china, laos, india not too far away. all of them he left their mk on the food. >> for m the bes described tony is passion. he just felt so much passion for what he did and what he saw. and i don't think he ever had no opinion. on something. the it was like, what have.
>> cheers. cheers. >> the queen. >> he was exactly as you see on television. you know, he was funny. he was sahric. he had a dark sense of humor. if i went out to meals with him, he enjoyed getting me to eat bizarre foods that i would not eat because i have a palate of a 5-year-old. >> tripe. >> what is tripe? >> that's one of those words that i know means something else. >> it means good. >> the is it like brains or the pe nis ofnis of a shark? >> no, no, not that good. it's the stomic lining of the cow. >> he loved cinema. music and all of that was incorporated in these travel journeys that he would produce. >> one day, tony and i were sitting off stage waiting for a segment to happen and he looked
at me and he said, to, what are you about? what is your passion? i said figing. i love to fight. and his eyes, i remember he had those hooded eyes, they went like this. he had recently founded a brazilian jiu-jitsu and he loved it. >> every morning, every morning, 7:00 a.m., i'm here. >> he said youp what i love about it? the struggle. i love the struggle. i love trying to figure out how to get out of that and what to do next. that struggle, no matter how much you think that's it, i'm going to have to tap out, i find a way out of it. i love it. >> when ever we'd tape, i would always yell back at him, in my next life, i'm coming back as anthony bourdaibourdain. good luck with that one.
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greatness. new jersey, in case you didn't know it, has got beaches, beautiful beaches and they're not all crawling with trolls with reality shows. i grew up summering on those beaches and they are awesome. >> i watched that with wrapped attention of what he was going to bring to life in new hampshire from his hometown. >> and he just was a regular person, you know? in his regular jeans and his regular shirt. he had no pretension and he had no interest in pretension, and it was one of the most compelling and endearing things about him. >> he was this swash buckling, larger than life character, who was f very good looking and women loved and men wanted to be and yet he was always kind of, to me, it always seemed like
even though he was very confident or seemed very confident, he was always kind of just winking at ate all. in on the joke. that it didn't really mean anything, that we're all humble. we're all fragile. >> nothing like the north atlantic. it's majestic. i love the beef. pretty much had my first everything. you name it. first time i did it. beach. i was miserable in love, happy in love. as only a 17-year-old could be. this is where i lived. very happy summer in the early '70s. >> drops out of vasseur. goes to the culinary institute. >> it was here at the tip of cape cod, province town, massachusetts, where the pilgrims first landed. it was where i first landed.
>> 1972, a town with a head full of orange sunshine and few friend, a wonderland of tolerance, longtime tradition of accepting artists, writers and the badly behaved, the gay, the different. it was paradise. ♪ >> he was willing to show us all sides of his amazing life. the good, the bad, the ugly. we learned from him in the process. >> tony came raw to the picture. he came with his history of his own demons. he didn't have that he had these terrible problems with alcohol, with heroin. and yet what made him so relate bable. >> tony always owned his struggles and one was drugs and heroin which was something that largely was a 1980s thing for him and he worked through. >> i know what the life of a -- somebody who wakes up in the morning and their first order of business is get heroin and
having been through it myself, going to a meeting of addicts. they had something to say to me, and i had something to say to them. >> there was a vulnerability to him and as cool as he was there was a vulnerability to him that he would -- he would expose. >> i'll tell you something really shameful about myself. the first time i shot up i looked at myself in the mirror with a big grin. >> something was missing in me, whether it was a self-image situation, whether it was a character flaw. i had a stable family in the suburbs and i had a lot of advantages and there was a dark genie inside me that i hesitate to call a disease that led me to dope. i didn't have anyone else who could have talked me out of what i was doing, but intervention wouldn't have worked. i didn't have a child. i have a 7-year-old daughter now who i never would have had.
i never would have thought. i looked in a mirror, and i -- i saw somebody wor sing or that i wanted to at least try real hard and save. anybody can find themselves very easily in this situation, and you know, i look back, and i think about what i'll tell my daughter, you know? that was daddy. no doubt about it, but i hope that i'll be able to say that was daddy then and this is daddy now and that i'm alive and living in hope. >> thank you. he brought to cnn something that very few other his brought and that was a sense of knowing who he was, of not being afraid of saying who he was. of not being afraid to relate his foibles, his weaknesses as well as his strength and his unique ability to tell stories. he brought all that to people. he was really exploring the human condition. he was really talking about what it means to be human, and what
we all share all around the world. >> my drug addiction is not the most interesting part of my life. i don't think it's interesting at all. but there is, it is part of my life. it changed me and it allowed me to i think better understand some things about life. about myself and what i'm capable of doing. and it's given me a certain on one end, empathy for some people and a complete lack of empathy for others. that's something i felt i should talk about. >> to know that he had overcome those things, i think is inspirational. i think it gis everybody hope. you know to know that they could overcome something really hard. and that is why the pain of this
i think is doubly compounded because he had overcome some demons in the past and i guess that doesn't make you bulletproof. >> he was so real and so authentic and in the end, maybe he was too real for his own self. the real thing to know about him is that he was a deeply, deeply human being. he was a giant talent. a unique voice, but he was deeply human. lace one meal or snack a day with glucerna made with carbsteady to help minimize blood sugar spikes you can really feel it. glucerna. everyday progress. i'm a tin can tied to your bumper, cause.... i don't think enough people heard about your big day. but nothing says "we got married" like a 12 ounce piece of scrap metal. yo! we got married! honk if you like joint assets. now you're so busy soaking up all this attention,
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bourdain was a defining hire for cnn. it was announced back in 2012. it was a strange move. people were wondering why is cnn hiring this chef and author, but it was because the cnn executives decided to broaden out beyond just breaking news and headlines and start to bring in documentaries and cultural programming and new ways to tell stories. >> i would describe heistmyself lucky cook who gets to tell stories. not a journalist. not a chef anymore. like to flatter myself by saying ooip an essayist, but i'm a story teller. >> this was a risk for cnn and
it was a risk for anthony. ♪ myanmar, after 50 years of nightmar somethi unexpected is happening here and it's pretty incredible. not too long ago, even filming here with a western film crew would have been unthinkable. in 2007 a japanese journalist was shot point-blank and killed filming a demonstration. >> i haven't be there to official myanmar. what's that like? >> i've been a lot of places 20 years after the soviet left and people still shy away from the camera. they still don't want to talk to you. they see a camera and they close up at the approach of an outsider here. >> myanmar, about a year ago -- you tossed in jail for consorting with foreigners. everybody was incredibly open. >> what i am amaze side how friendly and open people are with us and it's very easy for
me to say whatever i want about the government, right? we can go home, you know? our lives will go on. we don't pay the price. with our show. everybody could very well pay the price. it should be pointed out that a lot of people did not. a lot of people were very nice to us, but look, i've already been in jail. i really don't want to go back. this is a very real concern, what happens to the people we leave behind? >> for the moment, at least, things seem to be moving in the right direction. >> he'd been to myanmar which at the time was a full-blown military dictatorship, and he went there and said to me, here's what i can do with this program. when something big happens in a libya or myanmar or an afghanistan or iraq or wherever
it might be, american viewers and viewers around the world will also be able to know about the people there. not just about the dictators and not just about the politics, but they will be able to get to know the people, and i really think that's important bause i think too often americans have just a one-dimensional view of a foreign country and it's only told to them through the prism of breaking news. >> i thought that he was a better journalist than many of us ever could be. because it came to him naturally. it was just curiosity and isn't that really what being a journalist is all about? being curious? and he brought something to cnn that had never been there before. >> he was like a breath of fresh air and viewers loved it. the ratings on sunday night doubled. there were new viewers coming to
cnn for the first time, including younger viewers who normally didn't want to watch the news, but they did want to watch this larger than life man, this handsome, striking figure explore the world and take them with him. outside tripoli's center, there's this. one time axis of all power and untold evil. this is what's left of gadhafi's palace. ♪ >> when was the last time you
were here? >> the last time -- the uprise of the people. >> stop filming right now. >> while talking, we didn't notice several pickup trucks of local militia had closed in on us. >> slow, slow, slow. >> stopped. >> you stop. >> just relax. >> relax. >> he wasn't afraid of going to a place like libya, which was, is a very complex, you know, all these different kind of political parties and competing groups and he was always very good at sort of being aware of the complexity of a place and not dumbing it down or not even trying to give a dissertation on it. >> another morning in tripoli and life goes on. benders are out. people go about their daily
routines. >> this is our traditional breakfast. >> what is this dish called? >> an oversteched dro nut with an egg on top. you can get them with cheese. have them with honey. >> like yours. >> i like mine cooked ed, to be honest. >> what's the name of this neighborhood? >> this is a part of the militia. >> the first neighborhood to rise up. >> yes, the first place to rise up. >> why do you think this neighborhood and not -- >> it's been always liked by the regime. they made them feel like they are not from this country. >> anthony bourdain really changed what cnn is. he brought this other way to learn about the world. this other way of asking questions. not through an interview, an interrogation, but by sitting down and share iing a meal.
when he was doing was journalistic, but more importantly, it was so human, bringing people on a journey with him while he met people in their place with their food and with their meals, with their culture. >> i think tony was trying to make the world a little bit more hospitable. a little bit more understanding and more friendly. he was trying to show, yes, we speak different languages and we come from different cultures and different religion, but we're all people and we have unique stories to tell and he wanted to share those stories. in the process he would make the world a little bit smaller, a little bit more personal, and i'm sure his hope was maybe we could eliminate some of the abuses, the wars, the hatred and that was his goal. old. you could use my phone. or mine. you need the new iphone and you deserve it on the best network, verizon. camera's amazing. and now you can get a great deal at verizon. and i deserve to be the ring bearer.
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>> what do i do? every show, i'm not going to say it's a formula, but the basic structure is a guy goes some place, eats a bunch of food and comes back. that's what i do every time. ♪ >> this is not a food show, but there's food. this is not a travel show, but there's travel. i don't know what it is.
♪ >> a bowl of food. any french restaurant. it really is the just the top of the mountain. getting down to like the pepper residue at the bottom. nice burning feeling around my lips. sweat. happy. so we can pretty much cancel the rest of the show. i've achieved the happy zone. it's really all downhill from here. >> he once came and cooked at my house. the only time my kitchen has been used. we ended up, he ended up cooking i think it was some cuisine from south korea. you've got pork, hot dogs and now spam. wait. kimchi -- oh, wow!
>> oh yeah. >> i can honestly say this is the last thing in the world i want to eat. >> oh, do you see that now, but just wait. >> behold -- >> so this looks great. i got to say. ♪ >> it's very good. >> i've done good in this world. >> i know people love him because of the food and drink. there are also some of us that say that was beside the point. it was also just about him and his way of looking at the world. >> i loved watching him go into a restaurant or a home. and just sort of becoming accepted in the process. >> we are here for a supra, if the home. a supra is like a feast. super traditional. a pig is dispatched and broken into constituent parts.
the neighbors pitch in, helping to make three different varieties of a cheese-filled bread. >> while i'm always interested in what's cooking, i am much more interested these days in who's cooking, why they're cooking, what they're cooking and what else they have to say. >> one of the things i remember was sicily where they were going to be making some octopus and basically these fishermen said we'll take you out and you'll get to go out and catch your own. ♪ >> are these prime fishing waters? i don't know about this. but i am famous for my optimism. ♪ suddenly, there is a dead sea creature sinking slowly to the sea bed in front of me. are you kidding me? could this be happening? it goes on. one dead cuddle fish, deceased octopus drops among the rocks or along the sea floor, to be
heroically discovered by turi and proudly shown off to the camera like i'm not watching as this confederate throws them into the water one after another. >> the moment the dead octopus was in the water my rage and self-disgust and just -- i'm not going to say i had a mental or nervous breakdown, but i came close. just when my brain threatens to short circuit with pleasure, descending as if from heaven itself. cheese. the god. the cheese. i have to tell you, i don't care how many naked breasts are on that beach right now, that is much more exciting. ♪ >> look at this. beautiful. >> he's a great chef, but did he
have this unique ability to eat very obscure, remote, different kinds of foods, but he also liked all of the foods that all of us loved and he could have a hot dog and speak about that for half an hour. >> as i've gotten older, i'm moving more and more away from fine dining. put it that way. and towards those foods and those meals that make me happy. food i can eat with my hands, peasant food, home cooking, very small casual businesses. >> he made the point, food doesn't need to be expensive to be good. >> food is really important. it's worth fighting and orging b about and talk about all day lopg. but it's only part of f a larger spectrum of human experience without good conversation, without am biance, love, company, it's worthless basically.
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>> it was the obama white house who reached out to cnn, and i put them in touch with bourdain. they -- i mean, that's who anthony bourdain was. obama wanted to go have food with him and not really the other way around. >> anthony's point of view is >> for him, while the secret service were apparently very cool, they were freaking out because they couldn't taste test the food. they couldn't do anything, but obama had no problem coming in and eating the local food and having a beer. >> how often do you get to sneak out? >> very rarely. i don't get to sneak out, but >> tony asked the president do you get to sort of do this, chill and have a beer?
>> which is a great question to ask. >> it seems useful and incredibly pleasurable. >> inconfirms the truth that people are the same. when you come to a place like vietnam and you see former ve vetsing back. something like a swron kerry or john mccain, two very different people politically and temperature m temperature mental, but who were able to b bond in their experience of meeting with their former adversaries, you don't make peace with your friends. you make peace with your enemies. >> as a father of a young girl, is it all going to be okay? it's all quoing to work ogoing out. have a bowl of banchai and the world will be a better place? >> progress is not a straight line. there will be moments in any given part of the world where
things are terrible. but having said all that, i think things are going to work out. >> thank you so much. cheers. >> there aren't a lot of chefs that get to sit down and interview the president of the united states, but the reason that i think president obama wanted to sit down with tony it was the talk about, again, was nothing to do with food. life. >> anthony interviewed a guy named boris nemtsov, a critic of the regime and he was really good at picking people who were >> critics of the government, of putin, bad things steam to happen to them. >> a known enemy of putin stricken wibe a bout of plutoni. are you concerned? >> me? absolute about myself? tony, i was born here 54 years
ago. this is my country. russian people are in a bit of trouble. russian cord doesn't work. russian education declined every year and i believe that russia has chance to be free. has a chance. >> nemtsov ended up getting assassinated shortly after. so, you know, he -- anthony was not shying away in any way through syria's political issues in a place. he embraced all those things. the idea that bourdain would have met with boris nemtsov in russia before nemtsov was killed, that's what bourdain was doing, was looking to tell stories of humanity and oppression. >> i remember asking tony bourdain what would be the bucket list location to a guy who has been around the world five times, and he said iran. lo and behold, several seasons
later there he was. >> he was interviewing a washington post reporter and his wife. i am at a point now after five years where i miss turn things about home. i miss my buddies. i miss burritos. i miss having certain beverages with my buddies and burritos in certain types of establishments, but i love it. i love it and i hate it, you know, but it's home. you come home. >> are you optimistic about the future? >> yeah. especially if there's no clear deal that it will finally happen? yeah, very much, actually. >> shortly after jason was arrested by the regime and held and i remember interviewing anthony actually about jason, and you know, anthony was trying
to speak out forcefully on jason's behalf. it was interesting to see him winding up in the center of political space stations. >> i also loved the episode when he went to jerusalem andent to israel and met with palestinians and met with israelis and brought his unique vantage of that suation. that was very powerful. >> any story that we sit on television and argue about and have these heated discussions about, all you have to do is interject some food and wine and whatever into it in a table and it becomes much more civilized. >> first, zucchini. >> and the apricots we had -- >> those are intensely delicious. >> are you hopeful? >> of course, i have my children. >> together we can build
something for our kids and our future. that's what we think and that's what we give the message. >> part of the attraction of the restaurant is it manages to do is not what so many chefs try to do is to mix your jewish background with arab food. >> what he did better than people who went to school for journalism was he educated you and he took you on a journey with him, and we all went along for the ride. (♪) i'm a four-year-old ring bearer with a bad habit of swallowing stuff. still won't eat my broccoli, though. and if you don't have the right overage, you could be paying for that pricey love band yourself. so get an allstate agent, and be better protected from mayhem.
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♪ >> a few years back i got the words, i am certain of nothing tattooed on my arm. it's what makes travel what it is. an endless learning curve, the joy of being wrong, of being confused. >> one of his friends described him to me as a freak of nature, a force of nature, unexplainable and the world is lucky to have had him. >> i am revisiting some stuff. i was in a weird place in my head when i first came here. i was personally and
professionally -- everything in my life was changing. i was in this sort of nowhere land between previous life and whatever came next. i'm retracing my steps to see if it still hurts. >> just because somebody is open about their illness in the past doesn't mean that they're going to be as open about what is happening in their present, and we're going to have to learn more because i would not be surprised if the demons that he had battled for so, so long wound up being part of what wound up taking him from this world. >> there is a real danger of becoming cynical. you shut yourself off from certain emotions that other normal people probably still feel. i've become harder in some ways, but some things always penetrate. there are some things you can't push away or push out or shut your eyes to. i think especially when you're a parent. the kids will get you every time. >> what was interesting is he can deliver something that was sad or tragic or very serious and then -- and in an instant
uses sense of humor to take you somewhere else to weave this tapestry of a story that only anthony bourdain can do. ♪ ♪ >> clams. how could that not be good? ♪ ♪ >> this is the way so many of the great meals of my life i enjoy. eating something out of a bowl that i'm not exactly sure what it is. scooters going by. so delicious. where have you been all my life? fellow travelers, this is what you want. this is what you need. this is the path to true happiness and wisdom. >> a lot of people try to do first person wanderlust travel work and show you things in
places, but it doesn't really take off, why? because you don't really care about what that person thinks about thing, but with tony bourdain you cared about what tony thought. >> i think we've learned something here today in chiang mai, i can't summon exactly what that might be right now. muhammad said don't tell me what a man knows or what he says. tell me where he's traveled. >> language is storytelling. language is culture. language is civilization, and he used it to maximum effect. >> it's morning in the arabian desert. the place explorer bertram thomas called the abode of death. ♪ ♪ >> but it's a beautiful place, the kind of place i look for more and more these days. stark, empty, clean sand that
stretches out seemingly forever. >> i was staggered by the breadth of his ability to bring new dimensions to the stories of a world that some of us think we know so well. others don't know. >> as the evening progresses, the bourbon flows and the fire burns down to coals. a late-night vape with joe and the world seems to shift on its axis. later i find myself no longer vertical, looking up, up at a magnificent bewilderment of stars. >> as somebody who spent a lot of years traveling, it takes a toll and it's hard. you're in hotel rooms and you're on planes and you're away from loved ones and you're in places, you know, you're far out on the edge and often it's very lonely, and you're away from your life, and you come back and other people have, you know, continued on with their lives and it's hard to readjust. >> my rented villa is pleasant enough, but to be perfectly honest, lonely. is it worse to be some place awful when you're by yourself or some place really nice that you can't share with anyone? >> he was generous in how he treated the rest of the world, how he respected the rest of the world, how he never considered anybody or any country or any ethnicity to be either beneath him or beneath the dignity of
having their story told by him. >> i just turned 51, and i remember thinking, wow, if i can age like he is aging. he was, what? 61? and you know, he was getting tattoos and doing jujitsu, and he was just -- he actually -- he actually -- i was actually thinking about this two months ago that i looked at him as somebody who gave me hope for what one's life could become, you know, at 61. >> any hopes and dreams, some >> where is home? most of us are born with the
answer. others have to sift through the pieces. ♪ >> and he touched on the basic ingredients for all humanity no matter where it exists, and that's why no place was too remote, no people too obscure, no cuisine too exotic. he could make everything familiar. what a gist, what a blessing that was. the tragedy was that it wasn't enough for tony to know his own self-worth. >> i hope that our world can losing tony was losing a member of your family, our cnn family. >> i hope that our world can take just one more gift from tony bourdain, and really, really, really try to explore in all its facets the problems of
mental health. >> another tattoo is never going to make me younger or tougher or more relevant. it won't reconnect me ten years from now with some spiritual crossroads in my life. no. at this point, i think, my body is like an old car. another dent ain't going to make a whole lot of difference. at best, it's a reminder that you're still alive and lucky. another tattoo, another thing you did, another place you've been. >> a final, long gaze at the river. take in probably for the last time in my life the slow rhythms of the village. ♪ ♪
>> one more thing to do. say good-bye to an old friend. ♪ anthony bourdain had a way of making us want to be him. he had a lust for life and the coolness to own it. who didn't covet his cool job of globe trotting and eating daring and delicious food in far flung places. his appetite for adventure was infectious. he had this way of making you want to go to exotic lands andover revisiting places in your own backyard you'd never paid attention to until he revealed them through his unfiltered lens.