Over the weekend, CNN released a trailer for the upcoming final season of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. And we will warn you now, the clip showing the host, who died earlier this year at the age of 61, is an emotional ride.
In the clip, comedian W. Kamau Bell reflects on traveling alongside Bourdain for his last completed episode of the show to Nairobi, Kenya.
“Everybody who had dreams of traveling with Tony, it’s exactly as cool as you think it is,” Bell shared. “He wasn’t making TV for TV’s sake. He wasn’t just doing a job. This was his life’s work.”
The episode is the last in the series that will include Bourdain’s voice over and full involvement, Vulture reported. CNN announced that four more episodes in the season will be edited from collected shots and audio of Bourdain speaking on camera, and another two episodes will compile interviews with the friends and crew who traveled with Bourdain. After Kenya, the show will take viewers to Spain, Indonesia, Texas, and New York City.
In the new clip, which you can watch on Vulture, viewers also catch a glimpse of Bourdain in a more intimate and raw moment with Bell. As the pair sit on a hill overlooking the plains of Kenya, Bourdain shares how hard it is to believe all the opportunities his career has brought him. And how truly thankful he is for them all.
"Seventeen f***ing years," Bourdain said. "As soon as the cameras turn off, the crew will be sitting around, we'll be having a cocktail. I f***ing pinch myself. I cannot f***ing believe that I get to do this.”
Now, Bell feels the responsibility to take all those lessons and pass them on.
“If Tony was still alive, I would just have him here to help me process it. The greater conscious of the show and the reality and the fact that Tony’s gone is like a punch in the gut,” Bell said. “Tony has made some of the best television in the history of television. I really felt like a passenger and just wanted to be present for it and I didn’t want to suck. That was my overwhelming feeling was like, don’t screw up his show.”
The new season will premiere on Sunday, Sept. 23.