Anthony Bourdain Fans Petition to Keep Parts Unknown on Netflix as CNN Airs New Episode
The late chef’s beloved Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show, which premiered in 2013, explored cuisines and cultures off the radar of many Americans. Seasons 1-8 are currently available on Netflix, but are slated to be removed on Saturday as part of the streaming service’s regular rotation.
Over the weekend, fans launched an online petition calling on Netflix to work out a licensing agreement with CNN in order to keep the series available. The petition has garnered more than 1,800 signatures thus far. (Netflix did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.)
“Anthony Bourdain is an iconic chef, an insightful author, an inimitable human,” says petition starter Tanner Palin. “Those who see his show understand that all of us, from across countries, classes, cultures, or creeds are far more alike, than we are different…Bourdain lived life like he treated so many of the dishes he consumed. By gnawing it to the bone. So many of us could learn to live just a little more like that. Netflix, this show isn’t just entertaining. It is heartwarming, it is honest and it benefits human kind. Please keep it on the air.”
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Meanwhile, CNN has continued to air new episodes of season 11. The most recent episode, set in Berlin, aired as scheduled on Sunday night with a special introduction by Anderson Cooper. It was followed by a repeat of the cable news network’s tribute, Remembering Anthony Bourdain.
The two remaining episodes this season will feature Mardi Gras and Bhutan.
And Travel Channel announced Monday that it’s airing encores of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations every Tuesday night through July 3 at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET.
Bourdain died of apparent suicide on Friday. He was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France by close friend and French chef Eric Ripert. They were filming an upcoming episode of the award-winning show.
French police confirmed to PEOPLE that Bourdain was found at a luxury hotel in Kayersberg called Le Chambard, noting that “at this stage, nothing suggests the intervention of a third party.”
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
New episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown air Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.