Anthony Bourdain, whose death on Friday, June 8 at age 61 shocked the world, could now be memorialized by Emmy voters for his work in the entertainment industry. Two of his programs appear on the 2018 Emmy ballot: CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” as Best Informational Series Or Special and the online offshoot “Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown” as Best Short Form Nonfiction Or Reality Series. The celebrity chef and world traveler committed suicide in Strasbourg, France while filming an upcoming episode of the popular CNN program.
Bourdain was no stranger to the Emmy Awards, winning four Primetime trophies for producing “Parts Unknown” (2013-16) and an addition Daytime Emmy for producing culinary program “The Mind of a Chef” (2014). “We are incredibly grateful,” Bourdain said at the Creative Arts Emmys podium in 2013 when he accepted the trophy for “Parts Unknown.” “To all of our producers, the camera people, the shooters, CNN for letting us do what we do so well, thank you.”
His winning streak for “Parts Unknown” came to an end last year when A&E’s “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” prevailed in the category of Best Informational Series Or Special. But with the outpouring of love following his death, Emmy voters may decide to give Bourdain one final goodbye hug. Emmy nominations will be announced July 12.
Additional Emmy noms for Bourdain came for ABC’s “The Taste” as Best Reality Host (2013-15), for Travel Channel’s “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” both as a writer (2010-12) and a producer (2011-12), and for writing CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” (2013-17). Bourdain is survived by his 11-year-old daughter.
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