‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Featured A Particularly Poignant Moment In Its Final Season Premiere

The late Anthony Bourdain’s show, Parts Unknown, began its final season on CNN this past Sunday. The beloved host and intrepid traveler passed away by suicide in June of this year—a great loss to the world. Bourdain was known for his acerbic wit, his intellectual curiosity, his empathy and his kindness. The show featured several quotes by Bourdain, which were bittersweet reminders that we never really know how someone else is suffering.

In the episode, which guest starred the comedian W. Kamau Bell, Bourdain says this to him…

“I fucking pinch myself because I cannot fucking believe that I get to do this or see this, ever, or that I ever would. Because at 44 years old, dunking fries, I knew with absolute certainty that I would never, ever see Rome much less this.”

And in a quote that many feel is a bittersweet glimpse of what was to come, he said…

“Who gets to tell the stories? This is a question asked often. The answer, in this case, for better or for worse, is I do. At least this time out. I do my best. I look; I listen. But in the end ― I know ― it’s my story. Not Kamau’s. Not Kenya’s or Kenyans.’ Those stories are yet to be heard.”

 W. Kamau Bell posted this tribute on Twitter… 

The caption reads…

“I did it for Kenya. I did it for the Massai. I did it for Tony. Thank you!#PartsUnknown #UnitedShades#ShadesUnknown

People who loved Tony offered up their reflections on Twitter…

Others were sitting with the fact that while it’s nice to hear his voice again, it’s still heartbreaking to know these final episodes are the last time…

And W. Kamau Bell left us with this…

We’re grateful to have Anthony Bourdain’s light back in our lives, even just for one glimmering moment.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. For support via messaging, text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. For those outside the U.S., visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for resources near you.

H/T: Huffington Post, Twitter