CNN anchor Kate Bolduan fought back tears Friday morning while paying a touching tribute to her late colleague, Anthony Bourdain.
During her daily “CNN At This Hour” broadcast, Bolduan struggled to talk with guest Michael Ruhlman about Bourdain the celebrated American chef, TV host, and food writer.
“Michael, I was struck this morning that,” she began before pausing with wipe away tears. “Every time I was fortunate enough to have him on set… I’d always shout at him as he was walking out, ‘In the next life, I’m coming back as Anthony Bourdain.’”
“It is hard to process this today for so many of us and I can hear the emotion in your voice,” Ruhlman replied. “I was the same way when I first learned of the news and continue to be that way.”
“He touched so many people. He was a genuine soul. It’s hard,” he added. “We feel grief, but I also hope we feel the grace that was in the world because of him.”
Bourdain was found unresponsive in his France hotel room Friday by friend Eric Ripert. He died of apparent suicide.