Anthony Bourdain lives life by a certain set of rules.
The 61-year-old television personality called out famed director Quentin Tarantino over his “complicity” around Harvey Weinstein’s allegedly inappropriate behaviour. Bourdain spoke at the Producers Guild of America’s Produced By Conference New York.
Bourdain recalled the transition between his previous Travel Channel program “No Reservations” and his new CNN show “Parts Unknown”. During that time, the entertainer and his producing partner Lydia Tenaglia met with a Hollywood mogul he refused to name.
The unnamed individual offered Bourdain everything he could have asked for, but eventually the duo turned down the offer because of their “no a**hole” policy. “I do remember crying after that speech,” Tenaglia said. “Because it was a lot of money. But he [Bourdian] was right.”
Doing the deal “would have eaten us alive. It would have destroyed everything – everything that makes us good, everything that makes us happy, our quality of life,” Bourdain insisted. “It would have been a lethal compromise, a slow-acting poison that would have eaten away our souls until we ended up like Quentin Tarantino, living a life of complicity and shame and compromise.”
Bourdain’s girlfriend, Asia Argento, is one of the dozens of women accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment.