For the first time since 2005, Anthony Bourdain will not host a series on the Travel Channel.
The 55-year-old chef has been a fixture on the network with his shows "No Reservations" and "The Layover" — but will next year he'll find a new home on CNN.
The surprising departure is part of a new programming effort by the cable news network to expand its original series programming during the weekend. "We have license to love a wide variety of news, not just war and politics, but other things that reflect all aspects of our lives," Mark Whitaker, CNN executive vice president and managing editor, told the AP.
Bourdain's yet-untitled new series will “examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals.” It will be produced by Zero Point Zero Productions, the same group responsible for the chef's other series.
“For more than a decade, Anthony Bourdain has been a trailblazer in educating Americans about different cuisines and cultures around the world, as well as an outspoken commentator on social trends ranging from the rise of celebrity chefs to the impact of fast food chains to the spread of vegetarianism and veganism,” Whitaker said in a statement. “Examining the world through the prism of Tony’s unique expertise and passions continues CNN’s long-standing commitment to international reporting and to promoting global understanding.”
Look for the new Bourdain series to hit the network sometime early next year.