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Anthony Bourdain joins CNN for new world food and travel show ‎

Bourdain, a celebrity chef, will leave the Travel Channel and join CNN next year.
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Bourdain at the Great Googa Mooga 2012 at Prospect Park on May 20, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain will begin hosting a new weekend show about food and travel next year on CNN.

It will air on Sunday nights in prime time and repeated on Saturday nights, according to the Associated Press.

CNN said it “will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals.” Bourdain will also be a commentator on CNN, the New York Times reported.

Bourdain's moves to CNN after he finishes up his current show with the Travel Channel.

"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," said Mark Whitaker, CNN executive vice president and managing editor.

Bourdain's program will be made by his own production company, Zero Point Zero Productions, something new for CNN, the AP wrote.

The announcement comes amid CNN's worst ratings weeks over the past 20 years and a recent round of layoffs.

The Los Angeles Times reported Bourdain released a statement saying "I think the world is going to get a whole lot bigger for me. I hope that old fans and new ones will be excited about what’s coming down the road.”

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