Already the previews from the final season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown are bursting open the tear ducts. Yesterday, CNN released a clip of an interview with comedian W. Kamau Bell, who joined Bourdain in Nairobi for his last completed show. The season will include that episode with Bourdain’s written voiceover; four more edited from collected shots and audio of Bourdain speaking on-camera; and two featuring interviews with cast and crew, as well as friends who joined him in previous episodes.
In the clip, W. Kamau Bell celebrates the insight and inherent curiosity he brought to each host country. “He wasn’t just doing a job; this was his life’s work,” Bell says. Sitting on a hilltop overlooking giraffes, Bourdain tells Bell: “Seventeen fucking years. As soon as the cameras turn off, and the crew will be sitting around, we’ll be having a cocktail, I fucking pinch myself. I cannot fucking believe that I get to do this.”
“The greater conscious of the show and the reality and the fact that Tony’s gone is like a punch in the gut,” Bell says.
The season premieres Sunday, September 23rd. Watch the clip on People here.