Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Earns 7 Emmy Noms

By Karen

Nominations for the 70th Annual Emmy Awards are in, and media outlets are getting the number wrong on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. I’ve been reading it garnered six nominations. But I pored through all 65 pages of noms and found SEVEN, and here they are. (For brevity’s sake, Bourdain’s listings are complete, but I’m dropping the boring details on the competition):

Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown • Lagos • CNN • CNN Original Series and Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.; Morgan Fallon, Director of Photography, Jerry Risius, Director of Photography, Tarik Hameedi, Director of Photography
  • Blue Planet II • The Deep • BBC America
  • Blue Planet II • One Ocean • BBC America
  • Chef’s Table • Corrado Assenza
  • Jane • National Geographic

Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown • Lagos • CNN • CNN Original Series and Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.; Hunter Gross, ACE, Editor
  • The Defiant Ones • Episode 3 • HBO
  • Jane • National Geographic
  • Wild Wild Country • Part 3 • Netflix
  • The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling • HBO

Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series

  • Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown • CNN ( • CNN, Roads & Kingdoms; Kate Kunath, Executive Producer, Joey Zadwarny, Producer
  • The Americans: The Final Season • FX Networks
  • The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story: America’s Obsessions • FX Networks
  • Jay Leno’s Garage • NBC (
  • Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen • Bravo (

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown • CNN • CNN Original Series and Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.; Anthony Bourdain, Executive Producer/Host, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia and Sandra Zweig, Executive Producers, Morgan Fallon, Producer
  • Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath • A&E
  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman • Netflix
  • StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson • National Geographic
  • Vice • HBO

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera)

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown • Seattle • CNN • CNN Original Series and Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.; Brian Bracken and Nick Brigden, Sound Editors
  • Blue Planet II • Coral Reefs • BBC America
  • The Defiant Ones • Episode 1 • HBO
  • Jane • National Geographic
  • The Vietnam War • Episode 6: Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968) • PBS
  • Wild Wild Country • Part 1 • Netflix

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera)

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown • Lagos • CNN • CNN Original Series and Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.; Benny Mouthon, CAS, Re-Recording Mixer
  • The Defiant Ones • Episode 1 • HBO
  • Jane • National Geographic
  • The Vietnam War • Episode 6: Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968) • PBS
  • Wild Wild Country • Part 1 • Netflix

The last nomination has special significance for me because I’ve said before that Bourdain was becoming the “Susan Lucci of the Emmy for Outstanding Writing” after repeatedly being nominated but passed over. My fingers are crossed he finally nails it this year.

Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown • Southern Italy • CNN • CNN Original Series and Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.; Anthony Bourdain, Written by
  • The Defiant Ones • Episode 1 • HBO
  • Icarus • Netflix
  • Jane • National Geographic
  • Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like • PBS
  • The Vietnam War • Episode 8: The History Of The World (April 1969-May 1970) • PBS

Asia Argento appears in this Southern Italy episode, but if I remember correctly, she was an extra in meal scenes more than a content contributor. Undoubtedly a generous Bourdain gesture to give her more exposure to U.S. audiences.

Although Tony said he considered it one of the highlights of his television career, the Parts Unknown episode in Hong Kong, presumably directed by Argento, did not make the cut for an Emmy.

The Emmy ceremony is Monday, September 17, on NBC.

AND: Yesterday, the LA Times recently ran an open letter to “anyone who loves Anthony Bourdain and what he stood for” asking us all to give Argento a pass on any role she may have played in his death. I only recognized four names among the signers, so I must admit I wasn’t terribly moved.

102 Responses to Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Earns 7 Emmy Noms

  1. L Villeneuve says:

    Shame on the L.A. Times for publishing that lame letter signed by d-listers! I am so furious I could spit. What a piece of shit that was. And fuck Asia Argento too!

  2. nanna says:

    I hope Ottavia or his daughter can accept on his behalf. I’m keeping my fingers crossed !!! Please !!!
    Because we all know he is going to WIN 💕

  3. Lenora says:

    That makes me sad all over again. I wonder who will be accepting any awards should he receive one?

    Granted, I am biased, my socks weren’t not knocked off by the Hong Kong episode. However, given the hype, mainly from Tony, I was expecting it to be. Also I’d wager a bet that Doyle was the real director. The only medium Asia Ashtray has the attention span for Instagram.

  4. catsworking says:

    Welcome, nanna. I don’t know that Ottavia would want to be there representing him, since they were living apart, but it would be awesome for the ZPZ crew to escort Ariane to the ceremony so she could be there when they win some Emmys. Fingers cross that they win the two that Bourdain is personally associated with!

  5. catsworking says:

    Lenora, I agree with you. Christopher Doyle was the one Tony was in awe of, and he seemed very hands-on in the candid shots I’ve seen of that shoot. Working with him, as experienced as the whole crew is, it seems unlikely that they’d need AA’s “direction” on anything.

    I think she’d become more Tony’s support animal and he used any excuse to have her nearby. I like to think of her curled up in a carrier under the seat in front of him whenever they flew together.

  6. Joanne says:

    I wonder who will accept his award for him ,I would be nice if Ariane did. I miss Tony,I feel like I lost a good friend

  7. catsworking says:

    THIS JUST IN: Harvey Weinstein apparently tried to peddle a “world exclusive” on AA and Bourdain’s relationship and RMG. The reporter Taki calls it a “twisted tale” and “clutching for straws,” but doesn’t repeat what Weinstein actually said (in the presence of his lawyer, no less). The story also says that AA dated Weinstein for closer to 10 years, although she only admits to five.

  8. Lynn says:

    Ugh this Spectator story and the writer are misogynist pieces of garbage, defending a rapist. And now he’s even stooping to blame antisemitism? “I was born poor, ugly, Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere. You got lotsa girls, no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood.”

    Poor baby, HW, gonna grow old in prison? Wah. AA’s story strains credibility, but several others (D. Hannah, A. Sciorra, and Salma Hayak’s) do not because they did not ‘date’ HW or fuck him repeatedly after their assaults/attempted assaults.

    Given that HW is a pile of slime, I am hard pressed to believe anything he says. It’s an interesting situation to be sickened by both a serial rapist and one of his accusers, and have disgust for both. I think the #metoo’ers do themselves and the movement a disservice by so closely aligning with AA. She poisons that well, too. Let the real victims have some spotlight. And I’m offended by their treatment of all of us like we are Trump supporters – gullible as shit, “believe us, not your own eyes.” The photos don’t lie. Neither do the facts re: the timing of Tony’s unfollowing AA so close to his suicide. They keep acting like those pics with Hugh aren’t real.

    That LA Times article was probably cooked up by AA and/or RM. I’m happy to see the overwhelming majority of the comments are anti-Asia.

    Karen – but support animals actually provide support. They do not betray their owners or publicly humiliate them. Um, sir, you might want to move your support animal, your leg is bleeding. She appears to have sunk her teeth into an artery.

  9. Anita says:

    I have cleared my calendar for Monday, Sept 17. Unless I am dead or in the hospital I will be watching. If AA shows up I am ready to throw things at the TV. Just like I did at Trump’s inauguration. Went through two good boxes of Puff’s. This time I will get cheap paper towels ready.

  10. catsworking says:

    Lynn, some support animals provide support. Others are just for show. A support PEACOCK? Seriously? Yes, I do believe AA would make the lousiest support animal. She can’t even support HERSELF without a man. Not to mention her treachery. I trust Max, Adele and Roc not to bite or scratch me more than I would ever trust her.

    I think it’s fascinating that HW is trying to gain a leg up on AA and RMG by creating his own version of how it went down with Tony. They’re like vultures fighting over the carcass. (Sorry, Ottavia, if you’re seeing this.) They don’t care about anything but their own images.

    HW is undoubtedly going to spend the rest of his life in jail, but the good news is that it probably won’t be long. I pray every day that Mueller can arrange a similar fate for Trump, who has undoubtedly “screwed” many, many more people than HW, both men and women.

    Right now, we’re watching Trump screw all of Europe in the lead-up to his performance review with his boss, Putin.

  11. catsworking says:

    Anita, I’m with you. I can’t imagine that AA will have the gall to show up at the Emmys. She may be a has-been starlet in Italy, thanks to appearing in her father’s bizarre movies, but she’s nothing but D-list Euro-trash here.

    Fingers crossed that Ottavia can arrange with the ZPZ crew to have Ariane attend her father’s last Emmy ceremony. The show is bound to win something, and she should share in that honor. It’s a once in a lifetime thing for her.

    I’m reminded of Bindi Irwin, who also lost her father much too soon, who went on to win Dancing with the Stars as a teenager and now carries on her father’s legacy with animals.

  12. Lynn says:

    “Trump screw all of Europe in the lead-up to his performance review with his boss, Putin.”

    It truly enrages me that this treasonous POS is more loyal to his precious Putie than his own country and has no problem with Russia attacking the U.S.

    Putin’s ass must be chapped by now. How is there even one millimeter of dry skin left on it after all that licking? What a disgrace.

    I wonder if there will be some kind of tribute to Tony at the creative arts Emmy’s?

  13. Rachel says:

    Aren’t these Emmys from the time period of June ’17 to May ’18? The Hong Kong episode aired on June 2 of this year, so I assumed it (as well as Berlin, Cajun Mardi Gras and Bhutan) weren’t eligible this year. Or is an entire season considered to be from this period of eligibility if it began prior to the cut-off?

    As for that La Times letter, I find it incredibly offensive that they’re trying to use #metoo as a shield for bad behavior. If they genuinely believe Argento has been treated unfairly they should have just said so, not tried to use her status as one of Weinstein’s accusers as some sort of justification. People’s anger at her has *nothing* to do with Weinstein, and having been allegedly victimized herself in no way makes her less responsible for her own behavior. For those who wrote or signed that letter to suggest that it does only provides ammunition for misogynists who want to discredit the entire Me Too movement. It’s infuriating.

  14. catsworking says:

    Welcome, Rachel! You are so right on all counts. RE: The Emmys. Last night, I watched Lagos again and realized it was from the previous “season,” so yes, Hong Kong and the other episodes from the latest batch could well be contenders next year. DUH on me. I’ve never gotten used to the way CNN chunked out Bourdain’s “seasons” into about eight shows apiece.

    And your points about the LA Times letter are spot-on as well. AA and her defenders must always spin it so she’s the victim, no matter how outrageous and deceitful her behavior. Otherwise, they’re defending a an indefensible monster. It’s the same situation with Trump. Show me anybody who’s proud of the way he’s behaving overseas right now and I’ll show you a complicit moron.

  15. catsworking says:

    Lynn, the only teeny, tiny ray of light in Trump’s trip is that, in his absence, Congress is finally getting together and passing some bills that defy him, toothless as they are. May their balls not shrivel back into cocktail peanuts when Trump’s back on U.S. soil.

    What enrages me is that it seems like NOBODY is going to insist there are American witnesses in the room during his conversation with Putin. WHAT could they possibly discuss that we shouldn’t know about, unless it’s more criminal, traitorous dealings?

  16. Lily says:

    Love your blog! I discovered it only recently and then got into it deeply after we lost Anthony Bourdain so tragically. I know we will never know what really happened in the days leading up to his death and the thing that upsets me the most is that this parasite Asia Argento is abusing his memory any way she can. Wonderful people like Anthony we lose while scum like Argento keep prospering; it drives me nuts! I saw that “open letter”, couldn’t read it all. I can’t believe anyone in Hollywood would come to her defense.

    Count me among those who hope Ariane will be able to accept her father’s awards. It would make him proud.

  17. Anita says:

    Karen, I love that cocktail peanuts image. After watching “The Americans” I’m certain the Russians/Trump have something on every Republican congress member so that’s why they toe the line. We always say “can you imagine”, but in this case it’s so true. Can you imagine if Obama had met with ANY world leader without anyone else present?? Fox News would have gone nuts and he would have been impeached immediately for being a traitor. I hate this country right now.

  18. mrc551 says:

    Hells Bells and Buckets of Blood!! Pray AA– the deviil-wannabe-witch, never shows her face at the Emmys!

    HW trying to spin a story? Of course he is! It is what he has been doing all along–the creep never misses an opportunity to spin!

    Karen, for some reason, I couldn’t DM you. Just wanted to say HW himself, or has a deputy or two regularly lurking here, if not actually posing & posting as a “fan” of AB should not surprise anyone.

  19. Lynn says:

    “May their balls not shrivel back into cocktail peanuts when Trump’s back on U.S. soil.”

    HA love it! I think the orange infant wants to try to ‘deal’ with Putin to get his precious Trump Tower Moscow off the ground. He will stop at no level of grovelling to get that, he’s wanted it for years. His own interests always come before the country’s.

    Slightly off topic, and this may have been covered already, but why did AB’s family have him cremated in France instead of flying the body back here and cremating him in the US? I would think his mother of all people would want to see him/his remains one last time.

  20. Randi says:

    Although I don’t post much, I still follow this excellent blog – thank you, Karen! 🙂
    Anita, I agree with what you say in most, or all your posts, especially that the Russians/Trump have something on every Republican congress member, so that’s why they toe the line. Also, Putin surely has something on Trump that he under no circumstance wants revealed. I’m sure that would cost him a lot of money, or his power. I watched Wolf on CNN today, and I was not surprised that 94% of people didn’t think Trump will confront Putin with the indictments. He simply hasn’t got moxie!
    As for the 70th Annual Emmy Awards, I’m sure at least one will go to AB, and I hope his daughter will be there to receive it.

  21. catsworking says:

    Welcome, Lily! Yes, it’s going to be interesting to see what AA does next after her season on X Factor ends. Can’t imagine she’d be in great demand, considering all the controversy she’s caused. I was very sorry to see that Terry Crews was one of the signees on that open letter. I love him on Brooklyn Nine Nine.

  22. catsworking says:

    Anita, I am so ashamed of this country right now, some days I can’t bring myself to turn on the TV and see the news. For example, today I’ve been out running errands (and reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – 10 chapters in), and haven’t seen what kind of welcome the Scots gave Trump. I think the Orange Angry Baby blimp was supposed to follow him there. Saw a guy who said they planned to send it anywhere in the world where he goes. I hope they do.

    It would like Captain Hook and the croc who swallowed the clock. Tick, tock, tick, tock… on Mueller’s findings that will probably send him to jail forever unless we anoint him emperor for life.

  23. catsworking says:

    Miss Maggie, I can’t imagine why HW would want to be hanging around here. We’re not the ones concocting outlandish shit about Bourdain. And compared to some of the stuff I’ve seen on IG, we’ve been showing remarkable restraint toward AA.

  24. Gaye Sullivan says:

    Thanx for your great work! He deserves remembering on a grand scale!

    Sent from my I Pad


  25. catsworking says:

    Lynn, I have no doubt Trump will still be trying to work some business deals with Putin. He can’t help himself.

    RE: Cremation in France. This is purely my opinion. I’ve seen nor heard anything official, but I would think it was less expensive and logistically much easier to transport ashes than a body. And, Tony’s body, probably unembalmed, lay in a morgue for five days. Depending on how he looked when they found him, seeing him lifeless may have been the last thing they wanted. Eric probably would have advised them on that, since he did see the body.

    I should think if anyone in the family really wanted to see him, they’d have flown over and accompanied the body or ashes back from France.

    The other possibility was that they acted according to Tony’s own wishes. He probably didn’t want anyone to see him after death, particularly not his mother or Ariane.

  26. catsworking says:

    There’s no doubt in my mind that what Putin has on Trump is the pee tapes and probably other personally embarrassing evidence of his behavior. And they’ve probably got a lot of damning dirt on members of Congress.

    Trump will certainly not “confront” Putin over spying and meddling. If he mentions it at all, it will be like a joke, “Hey, our fake media is still saying you’re spying and trying to throw our elections. It’s a load of crap, right?”

    Trump CANNOT admit that Putin helped him get elected because it would mean Trump didn’t do it all by himself, which his ego won’t allow, or that the election was fraudulent and he should be kicked out.

  27. Lynn says:

    Ottavia’s best friend of Big Gay Ice Cream fame tweets support for her as Arianne’s ‘rock’:

    Interesting Trump never mentions the Comey letter despite the fact that, more so than Russia meddling it would seem, based on the data I’ve seen, is what handed him the presidency. IMO, absent that Comey letter, even with Russia’s interference, Orange Diapie would have lost. Yet he doesn’t seem all that bothered by the letter as he is the hacking in terms of making him look illegitimate. Odd.

    God help us if ISIS decides to ‘intervene’ to help Trump. I guess Ass Wipe and his cult would wink and nod at ISIS, too, refusing to call them out. ‘”Well I asked and they said they didn’t do it. And hey, it was just a small explosive, no fatalities.”

  28. Farid says:

    Please pardon my indignation: FUCK ASIA ARGENTO and fuck LA times for having published such an inane unadulterated garbage.

    I am all for “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free …” but this piece of trash, Asia, should be considered persona no grata on principle. Deport her right at the point of the entry!

    PS. I am an immigrant myself.

  29. catsworking says:

    Lynn, thanks for the link. I’m with Big Gay Ice Cream on this. That Ottavia has maintained her silence through all of this while AA has been publishing increasingly more demented selfies showing hersself alternately sad and elated at her lover’s/Sugar Daddy’s death shows the patience of a saint. I’d be on the next flight to Italy to kill the bitch with my bare hands, but that’s the half-Sicilian in me talking. I’d probably need some implement.

    As for Trump, his enablers have ceased to make any sense. They’re looking for conspiracies against him even though HE GOT INTO THE WHITE HOUSE. (I will never say he was “elected,” because he lost the majority vote, or that he is “president” because he’s Putin’s asset).

    Putin and Comey got the job for Trump. For Trump and his flying monkeys to attack Comey and the FBI now is nonsensical. The GOP should be kissing the FBI’s feet for the enormous gift it gave them, to enable Trump to disgrace the U.S. and destroy the civilized world as we know it. Why he is still allowed to function at all is a total failure of checks and balances in our government. We are on the threshold of becoming a Third World dictatorship. It’s up to us to stop it in November because Congress won’t do it as it stands today.

  30. catsworking says:

    Farid, that open letter was our First Amendment at work. The right to free speech. Rest assured that most people reading it probably have no idea who this Asia Argento is, nor will care about what happens to her. She was a name in Italy because of her director father. She’s a D-list nobody in the U.S., and God willing, will remain so now that her greatest supporter here has abandoned her.

    I’ve no doubt she’s persona non grata with CNN. Maybe she can get herself a gig on our Dancing with the Stars now that they are scraping bottom for has-beens to resurrect. She’s the scandalous lover who was photographed cheating on Anthony Bourdain three days before he killed himself. Big fan favorite — not. She’d be one of the no-talent duds they always include as early-season cannon fodder, eliminated within a few weeks. Her laziness and slutty insolence would not play well here.

  31. izzy1957 says:

    Well, I’ve said all along that I don’t like to judge, but that AA makes it hard when we continue to see her behaviour and actions since Tony’s passing.

    Now, People has a new article out, and is quoting AB from an interview he did in February about – get this – the worst thing that AA did to him that he says really hurt him. “I was so hurt by this.”

    So, yeah, we all know what she did with her social media presence and her gallavanting around Rome with young Hugo Clement and how AB came aware – like the public – of her complete and utter insensitive display. “HURT”? He had to have been utterly crushed, just as we have all concluded. Not to mention, that this also confirms she would have known the damage she might be causing him and still had wilful and utter disregard for another human being’s well being – the human being that the fucking letter in the LA Times mentions and would have us put her and us in the same breath/sentence.

    She may not have handed him the bathrobe belt, but she didn’t have to. What kind of person does this to another person, but a monster. No respect. Not an ounce. Crococile tears.


    “And we’re texting back and forth, cause we only argue by text. She’s like, f— angry. F— you too! You always wanna win! You always wanna win!” he continued, adding that “I was really offended by this. I was so hurt by this.”

    “I do not need to win,” Bourdain explained to writer Maria Bustillos. “I am not a competitive person. I need to survive.”

    Anthony Bourdain should have made his exit then – but right out the door from her, not from the world. Someone should sue her ass for wilful criminal negligence. This confirms the harm she brought upon him was foreseeable.

    I am not one to wish ill on anyone per se, but boy, this kind of confirmation makes it awfully tough to “love” one another and have compassion and empathy….

  32. catsworking says:

    izzy, I just got the link to the very lengthy Bustillos interview this morning, and it links to a couple of things I read long ago that I need to revisit. I’ve got a few projects sitting here that have to get out the door today. But as soon as I’m done, I’m going to dive into this stuff.

    What I find so uncanny is how AA and Trump seem to be moving along parallel tracks. She’s become almost universally hated because of her toxic effect on Bourdain. And now Trump is over in Helsinki digging his own grave trash-talking the U.S. while taking it in the butt from Putin with a big grin on his face while the world watches.

    If Mueller doesn’t come up with not only a slew of criminal charges for money-laundering, fraud, and all the usual stuff, but also enough blatant acts of treason to put Trump and his cronies away for life, I will be surprised.

  33. izzy1957 says:

    Well, here’s the link I found on that interview with Maria Bustillos if anyone else here on Cats wants to have a read and comment too.

    Noted: “[There’s a lot here about Asia Argento, when we got back from having a smoke. He talked about her a really lot. We toasted her.]

  34. Lynn says:

    Wow he let this this guy into his apartment and talked to him for 2+ hours? Beyond generous. I love this interview and I have a few questions about some of the things he said (well the first is a comment):

    “She’ll [AA] point out the ridiculousness of kicking back on the beach, because she’ll say right up front… “This doesn’t appeal to me at all! This is a living death.”

    Um, how much do I hate and pity someone who thinks relaxing on a beautiful beach is a ‘living death’, but apparently smoking while pregnant, now THAT’s grabbing life by the balls!

    Re: owning things – why was Tony so concerned about whom to pass things on to? That would seem easy, just draw up a will.

    Re: worrying about the pipes freezing and gutter cleaning if he owned a house. Umm but he could easily pay people do worry about and handle those things for him.

    “if you own a home it means you have to vacation in the same place every year.”

    Not sure what he meant by this, unless he means owning a vacation home. But owning where he chose to live would certainly not impede him vacationing where ever he wanted to.

    Re: on giving away the royalties from KC to “various deserving people.” Ugh, shall we wager that one is AA?

    “[Asia] was doing a play in uh, Turin? Somewhere in Italy. And she was rehearsing and she’d had a really bad day with the director.”

    Dude of course she did, she has a ‘bad day’ with everyone because she’s a cunt who can’t get along with people.

    What did she mean ‘you always wanna win’. Win the argument? But what were they arguing over? Did he dare try telling her maybe the director that she was fighting with was in the right??

    Re: Bernie supporters “I find his supporters largely—his more vocal supporters—largely insufferable.”


    Re: Sarandon. “And who will be leading this charge? Because if Susan Sarandon is anywhere among the joyful revelers, I’ve clearly chosen the wrong pony!”

    Amen again! I hate that third-party voting, and thereby actually helpingTrump, Goldilocks ‘I want the perfect candidate or I won’t vote’ bitch. How dare she protest Trump when she is partly responsible for him being in office. Enjoy that Supreme Court, beyotch.

    Re: Jared’s eyebrows: “Does Jared tweeze his eyebrows? They look manscaped. Those are not natural eyebrows. It’s like Howdy Doody time.”

    LMFAO!!! Oh I will miss those zingers.

  35. catsworking says:

    Lynn, I just finished reading the entire interview myself. Very interesting that Maria Bustillos (woman, not guy) marked a section where Tony talked about AA “a lot” and included none of it. I’m guessing she’s holding back for a follow-up article, depending on which way the wind blows.

    People magazine pounced right on the quote she DID include, “the most hurtful thing” AA ever did to him, which was accusing him of always wanting to win. People was also careful to say that AA was not raped, but had oral sex with HW. It seems People has got her number.

    As for Tony taking Bustillos to his apartment… (I’ve been poring over Google Earth trying to locate it from the little clues I’ve seen. I *think* I found the building. Just curious to see how close he stayed to Ariane.)

    He basically did the same thing with me, only through FedEx. Our first actual contact was a letter he FedExed me about this blog. He asked for secrecy because he didn’t want it known he had any involvement, for some reason. I had to twist the story a little here about how I came to have the information he provided. But since he’s gone, the truth can be told.

    Anyway, the FedEx label had, in his handwriting, his home address and phone number.

    Now, WHY would someone who was letting me know he didn’t particularly like my writing about his personal life share THAT info with me? I took it as a test to see if I could be trusted. Pretty risky on his part, or maybe not. He had to Google me to get MY address for FedEx, and I did have some online presence as a book author, so maybe that was enough.

    I’ve never shared his contact info with a soul. In fact, I once had a crazy reader send me his cellphone number via email after confessing to me she couldn’t stop calling him and hanging up. She thought if I had the number, it would give her willpower to stop or something. (I don’t know if the number was real because I never called it myself.)

  36. Lynn says:

    Yea interesting about a follow-up article but then the man died 5 weeks ago. If Maria has more on what he said about AA, what is she waiting for? [I incorrectly assumed writer was male bc I thought I read ‘guys our age’.] I didn’t look at the byline. 🙂

    I’m pretty sure he was in the Time Warner Center residences as the writer says his bldg was ‘right across the street’ from Coliseum bar. There is another tall residence bldg nearby but it’s not really across from that bar; it’s very close but it’s actually on 57th. Plus TWC is known as a ‘celeb bldg’. AND TWC also houses CNN so he’d be right there at the office without any commute.

    Karen – once you’ve had time to digest the article more I’d be interested in your thoughts on some of my questions, especially the part where he seemed genuinely afraid that his stuff (paintings, home) would somehow be lost to the winds. Esp if he had a will at that time, it seems strange.

    PS I don’t know how you were so restrained. I’d have called the number. Did you ever acknowledge to him that you got his FedEx or respond in any way to reassure him?

  37. Lynn says:

    Plus I have to add if he was ‘really really hurt’ by “you always want to win”, something that countless women have no doubt said in anger to their men, jeez that right there proves how sensitive, perhaps oversensitive, he was. It’s no wonder he killed himself after seeing those Hugo pics.

  38. catsworking says:

    Lynn, I responded to his letter by snail-mail (I’m too poor to FedEx my letters) since he’d provided his address and told him I wasn’t a dumpster diver and hadn’t published anything not readily available on the internet to anyone who did the digging, and that I was sincerely searching for the truth and appreciated him correcting of anything I got wrong so I could fix it.

    He then arranged for me to have a VIP ticket to his appearance in Durham, NC, so I could go to the book-signing backstage after his talk and meet him in person. I gave him a copy of my book. The photo we took together is the one now circulating with me labeled as his MOTHER. Grrr…

    I never called the cellphone number because — why? If he answered, I’d have to tell him I got it from a phone stalker. Also, I didn’t want to turn myself into just another fan-girl bothering him.

    It was interesting in the article that he was pondering the disposal of this stuff. His will just lumped it all over to Ottavia to deal with as she thought he would want. But he was setting a new household for himself and buying art, so I think it was normal for him to think about what would become of some of his investments and things he placed great value on.

    Is the TWC at least 64 stories tall (one story said he was on that floor)? I thought that must be the building, but then somewhere I read that the building was new, so I went around the corner from the Coliseum bar to that really high one. It sounds like you know that neighborhood.

  39. catsworking says:

    Lynn, what I found interesting about Asia’s “you always wanna win” BS was that she viewed the relationship as a competition. She knew he had the upper hand on all levels, more fame, more money. The only leverage she had over him was his loneliness that he thought she alone could relieve. She exploited that for all it was worth, then threw it back in his face.

    I don’t care how her D-list “friends” try to spin it. Her behavior toward Bourdain was monstrous and the shame of it should follow her forever. She forfeited the right to a happily ever after when she flaunted herself with Hugo in front of the paparazzi knowing full well what would happen.

    The only pain she’s feeling is from the loss of income.

    Lily, I’m with you. If this is trolling, count me in!

  40. Lynn says:

    Karen I live in Manhattan so I’m over there a good amount, though I don’t live in that ‘hood. Yes, TWC is about 80 stories tall.

    However, it’s not new. If it’s been reported he was in a ‘new bldg’ then it could be the one around the corner. When did he move into that rental again? There is also an insanely tall residence bldg on 57th between 6th and 7th ave that is new-ISH, that IMO has ruined the skyline. I first thought that might be it because that can more be described as ‘midtown’ or ‘midtown west’, but that’s farther from that bar. Most people consider the TWC to be more in the upper west side. Next time I’m over there I’ll find the bar and look around at the residences near it. I’m not a bar person so I’ve never been in the Coliseum, and if Tony loved it I will probably find it vile haha.

    I think what struck me about his comments re: property is he seemed to be saying why own a home, why own nice art because who will appreciate and take care of it when you’re gone, when obviously you have control over who gets your stuff via a will, and you know your friends/family and who among them will/won’t appreciate certain things. Wife not an art lover? Leave it to a friend who is. Not that hard. I can relate to his not wanting to own property bc he would feel tied down, or hate the idea of owing a bank, but feeling like no one could appreciate it only makes sense to me if the person has no one to leave it to. I can tell you, anyone who has ever inherited Manhattan real estate has appreciated it immensely.

    Re: winning (as I typed that I thought of Charlie Sheen, ew), I just wonder what he said to her in that specific argument to prompt her to say that about winning. I get that I’ll never know (unless he told Maria or someone else who later spills), but it’s fun psychoanalyzing a psycho. AA sounds like the type who wants to stir up drama in her relationships and gets off on fighting. And yea, she probably tried to find things to say to him that she knew would hurt to ‘test’ whether he’d dump her ass for saying them. Unfortunately he failed that test.

  41. catsworking says:

    Lynn, what I’ve read about the apartment is that he was on the 64th floor (Maria said 60th) and that it had views of midtown Manhattan and the river. And it was a new building. And Maria said it was “across the street” from the Coliseum. Was she taking a little poetic license? I don’t know. Ottavia and Ariane live on the Upper East Side, I believe. I’m not familiar with NYC real estate. My geography is terrible.

    Hard to imagine what he could have said to AA when she came home totally pissed at some director (What play could she have been in I wonder? Has she ever been a stage actress?) eludes me. Seems like she was just itching for a fight and turned her misplaced aggression on him for the drama she constantly craved.

    I don’t believe she ever gave a shit about him or his feelings, apart from her initial lust when they met. She feigned devotion to get whatever he could give her. EXACTLY the same as she did to Weinstein.

    I’m beginning not to think of her as a human being who feels what other normal people feel. She is damaged beyond comprehension, and woe to anybody who crosses her path. They are doomed. She is a bottomless pit of destruction. I don’t see her story ending well.

  42. Randi says:

    Lynn, I can see why AB would go to “The Coliseum Bar” – strong drinks and good burgers. 😀
    Here is one review, and there are more:
    “Found this little gem while looking for somewhere to eat after the Downton Abbey exhibit.   The staff were so accomodating and the food was delicious!! I had the bookmakers sandwich and it was put together wonderfully!! The waitress was very attentive.  Be careful, tho, the drinks are strong!!! Burgers were cooked perfectly!  all in all a really good meal.”

  43. catsworking says:

    Randi, I took Google Earth down to street level to “walk” the neighborhood looking for his building. The Coliseum really is a little hole in the wall, compared to what’s around it.

  44. mrc551 says:

    I thought the piece by Maria Bustillos was brilliant. Numerous factors came together perfectly to make this the best Bourdain interview I’ve ever read.
    1) he had the time 2) they talked in two environments where he felt comfortable 3) no one bothered them 4) he seemed comfortable & trusting in her 5) most important, she–Maria, possesses the mental agility to keep up with him & let him riff, which is where she got the gold.

    Oh! I loved this interview even though it caused me to choke up all over again. I had to take a couple of breaks while reading it. The disclosure that he would have loved to have had the chance to slow-dance with a beloved was a punch to the gut.

  45. catsworking says:

    Miss Maggie, Maria had also read all of his books. A year earlier, she wrote an analysis of his fiction, the two novels and the Bobby Gold Stories. There’s a link to it in the interview. He granted the interview because he liked how she wrote about his work.

    Probably the most surprising thing to me in that interview was when he talked about slow-dancing and doing the tango. That was the romantic in him talking. Who knew? He’d said before that he’d been invited and refused to do Dancing with the Stars, and he absolutely hated doing scenes where he had to dance with the locals on his shows. I think he could have killed it on DWTS if they’d have paired him with a really tall partner. They’d have been a majestic couple who commanded the floor. But he was too shy ever to do the sexy moves required in the Latin dances. I saw him more as a foxtrot and quickstep type.

  46. L Villeneuve says:

    Now AA is being quoted that she was completely unaware that Tony had been contemplating suicide in the past or present. Just another cover up for her hateful behavior. PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS ASIA AND REALIZE WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO THAT POOR GUY!! You will NEVER get a pass from his fans ever, ever so don’t even try to pussyfoot around. We’ve all got your number. You know who you are.

  47. Morganlf says:

    Karen, I too wonder where the Argento stuff is from this interview. Bustillo prob doesn’t know how to frame it yet.

    If her own inclination is to agree that Argento is the evil bitch who knowingly, deliberately pushed him over the edge, as a CNN correspondent, that would be a tough position for Bustillo to take.

    Consider what Rose and Argento’s trolls have done to Leah McSweeney, Sandra Ripert even Ottavia.

    I remember when you told me about the FED X letter. We were sitting in that place in DC that fucked up my BLT…(uggghhh mayo). Right then and there I knew we’d meet him at that night’s event.

    Per your request I never, ever revealed your source. It was with great amusement, I read the speculative comments on your blog.

    Sly dog …he was reading all along.

    We hit close to home especially about Nancy and Joan Toast ..regular Perry Masons. Guess he had a point….the nerve of us!

    But to reveal his address and phone is pure Tony. What if you were a mental patient? But Tony (and Ottavia) were without pretense and once he figured out you were bona fide and your commenters were fans he was (relatively) cool.

    I was struck by the observation that he used the same words from Gone Bamboo in Medium Raw..the driving/reckless suicidal drunk on an island thing. I had not recollected that, but to be fair I didn’t like either novel.

    As we know, and has been discussed here, he’s done it before with words he’d written here as ”bobsyouruncle”. It was the Drugstore Cowboy reference word for word what he wrote here showed up in Medium Raw, ”iwonder” commented on it recently.

    He frequently filmed the night view from his apartment in his IG stories. A slow pan with Curtis Mayfield playing… Sometimes you’d catch a reflection of him cigarette dangling…

  48. catsworking says:

    LV, so she admitted she’d never read any of his memoirs. If you were dating someone and they’d written not one, but several memoirs, wouldn’t you want to check them out to gain some insight?

    Every time she opens her mouth, she just digs her hole deeper. Again, just like Trump. It’s like they’re the same brain in different bodies.

  49. catsworking says:

    Morgan, with Nancy and Joan Toast, we totally nailed it. I found his references to where Nancy traveled with him in his book A Cook’s Tour, waited for those episodes to rerun on TV, and found her. Then was able to confirm I was right when someone sent me a big People magazine article showing them lying together on their couch.

    As for outing Joan Toast among our core group, I will never reveal our methods. 😉

    The jury is still out on AA, so I think Bustillo is being prudent to hold back whatever he said. The other very revealing thing he said was that he and AA ONLY ever fought via text message. So, unless he wiped his phone, Ottavia is probably in possession of some damning stuff. Nobody knows if, when, or how she might reveal it. I should think that might be rattling AA and driving some of her behavior, like the selfie at the boxing ring. She thinks it’s the female equivalent of swinging her dick to show how tough she is. But if you want to get Freudian, it’s more likely revealing she feels “on the ropes.”

    I thought the very carefully worded article People ran about the worse thing AA ever did to Tony (which seemed a gratuitous anti-AA bit to pull out of his lengthy interview) was a definite dog whistle to the media to beware about giving AA another free pass as a victim. People even covered themselves by mentioning her involvement in the Weinstein mess as only unwanted oral sex, not rape.

    I think RMG and AA shot themselves in the foot with their own outrageous behavior, and now the media is stepping warily around them.

    And what about Tony’s detailed fantasy of how Weinstein would die in his robe, in a bathroom? My theory is that he was composing the scene for something he was writing. And I wonder if it was one of his last thoughts and he realized the total fucking irony?

  50. Lynn says:

    Either AA is lying or she is so narcissistic and interested only in what a man can do for her that she had no interest in getting to know AB on any deep level. Yet I find it hard to believe, as in love as he was with her, especially knowing that she also had suicide issues (or so he though), that he would not share his feelings of ‘wanting to die’ with her. At no point in all that sharing about her Weinstein shit did the topic of wanting to kill oneself or low self esteem/self loathing arise in any of their private convos? I don’t buy it.

    Karen I agree AA is like Trump in telling bad lies, but they differ in that at least she fights. Her methods are pathetic and lame, but Trump just lays there like Putin’s pet cat purring and licking his boots. Putin could bomb us and Trump would still side with him. It’s beyond vile.

    Interesting how AB mentioned numerous times ‘in jest’ sort of or maybe not so in jest in hindsight the act of hanging himself in the shower. He had his preferred method, had thought about it, chosen it and then did it just that way. I don’t get the whole hanging thing. I guess it has a romantic/dramatic appeal but I’d go with pills if I ever got to that point. What if you fucked up the hanging and wound up paralyzed??

    Karen re: AB’s apartments, you’re correct his rental was across town from his old place with Ottavia and about 30+ blocks south. Not at all close. His old place was on east 94th, the further reaches of the UES. That’s one of the last Manhattan nabes where you can still find reasonably good deals, far cheaper than say the UWS, Tribeca, the village and other fashionable neighborhoods.

  51. Morganlf says:

    Yes I forgot about the texting and fighting quote. Can you imagine what Ottavia and Tony’s family must have found?

    A man who met at least 3 presidents, hounded to his death by a stink bush, ink stained, dirty haired, money grubbing pig.

  52. Dianna says:

    Didn’t it say in that statement Rose wrote, AA had never seen anyone as obsessed with death as her until AB? Maybe remembering it wrong but sounds like she had a clue.

    My dad was in Mt. Sinai and I stayed at Hotel Wales on E 92nd. I saw their old place on 94th, I can see why chose the neighborhood.

  53. catsworking says:

    Lynn, I think AA lies now about knowing anything about Tony’s suicidal tendencies to conceal her own because it would just make her a copycat if she talked about it. He “won” on hijacking that sick fantasy.

    I stick by my comparison to Trump because they operate in the same way. Suck up to somebody who you think can do something for you whether you actually like them or not, then throw them under the bus when you’re done with them. Trump and AA both “fight” by doubling down on whatever wrong-headed thing they say or do (although Trump seems to realize publicly sucking Putin off may have gone too far and he’s backtracking).

    I’m with you on the hanging in the shower thing. Pills would be my way out. No mess. Just go to sleep. I also have morbid thoughts wondering how, at his height, he managed it. I don’t think my shower curtain rod would hold a person. Maybe that bathroom had pipes? But then, Robin Williams hanged himself in a closet. I’ve never really thought it through, but hanging seems fraught with too many ways to go tragically wrong. Painful and not that quick. Sorry, I don’t mean to gross anybody out. But the logistics of it will probably always haunt me.

    I think his original apartment with Ottavia was closer to his last digs than the condo they bought.

  54. catsworking says:

    Dianna, I think it was the opposite. Tony told someone that he’d never met anyone more obsessed with death than AA. That should have been a HUGE red flag to him right there. AND she got him hooked on cigarettes again.

    Very sad that his love for his daughter wasn’t able to help him resist his attraction to the Medusa from the dark side who appealed to all his worst instincts.

  55. mrc551 says:

    Karen, yes, a good point that Bustillos had read all his stuff. She went prepared, indeed.

    Re: Why is Bustillos holding back on AA content? I’m thinking your “Jury is still out” comment might be getting to the heart of something.

    I have not been following the HW trial. But I am aware that he intends to defend himself vigorously against rape and sexual assault charges.Dozens of women stepped forward and told their “Harvey stories”-it is unbelievable what some of them endured. But whose stories seemed to float-up and surmount all the others? RMG was among the first to come forward…but it quickly became her and AA’s accounts of abuse that hogged-up much of the attention. Not only that, but the media started calling them leaders of the #metoo movement!

    Unfortunately for Anthony, his protective instincts kicked in to defend his beloved. It placed him in the eye of a global maelstrom and it proved to be disastrous for him. I cannot imagine the tension and pressure he felt –24/7, he was dealing with the latest AA emergency along with her unpredictable, bitchy, needy personality.

    The trial of HW will be a massive, global event with witnesses and victims extending way beyond Hollywood to London, Rome, Canada, Ireland, France etc. I think that Tony was becoming more aware of this with every passing day. I think that the the gradual dawning of what he had gotten himself involved with was descending on his consciousness.

    Ok, on this…please humor me. If you were on HW’s defense team, who would you want to take-down first? They are going for the jugular on AA & RMG. This trial is going to get very ugly. You can bet HW team is mining every single iota of internet content no matter how trivial it may seem. They will have to sift through a lot of flakes and dust, but they are looking for any nugget that will blow a hole in plaintiff and witness testimony.

    That is why it would not be unreasonable to assume that they are lurking here. Not that anyone cares, they can have at it. But Bustillos could have some interesting stuff in her pocket, and she is, indeed, being prudent in holding back.

  56. catsworking says:

    Miss Maggie, I feel that among the first stories to fall to pieces when HW’s defense attorneys do their thing is AA’s. He did not rape her, and she willingly dated him for 5-10 years after the alleged assault. As far as I’ve seen, she’s the only woman who did so. I don’t know the details of RMG’s claim, but I read that she accepted $100K to keep quiet about it. So, take the cash and then cry rape for the notoriety. That also screams opportunism.

    I don’t know if we have AA trolls or HW spies lurking at Cats Working. I have nothing to hide so they are welcome. I have no inside dope I’m withholding at this point.

    My focus has never been on AA. What I’m more intrigued about is why and how Tony got himself addicted to such a toxic person. I wonder if he left any writing behind to explain it. As astute as he was, surely he must have seen that she was a user and their connection never went beyond physical lust (and a mutual love of body ink). I wonder what snapped in his brain that made him think she was his soulmate when she was an intellectual light-weight and so obviously and totally unworthy of that honor.

    He MUST have realized it in the end. That he had sunk money and reputation into someone who just blew smoke up his ass (literally and figuratively). I hope to God she wasn’t one of the “deserving people” he assigned the royalties of Kitchen Confidential to. If so, it makes me glad I have the original and annotated copies already so she will never gain a penny from them.

  57. Morganlf says:

    Karen you nailed it! His reticence about naming the recipients of the royalties to KItchen Confidential screams Argento. He said and I’m paraphrasing,” people who deserve it”.

    We KNOW she whined about being a single mother. Complaining to the Italian press that her exes were derelict, and she had no jobs, needed money (of course by then HW ditched her).

    the articles are available on, the_orange_janitor Instagram.

    Imagine what she told Tony. He was rich, and look at the Mother’s Day Post he made on Argentos IG feed, May 13…” I cannot love a photograph more..two brilliant enchanted children…the most awesome extraordinary mom…” (was she dictating?)

    Asia is foul.

    Trump is a threat to Americans. He is dismantling our Republic as Hilter did, lauding despots, attacking the free press and our allies.

    Cultivating a dog whistle base, increasing the deficit, cutting taxes on HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY while cutting the ACA and proposing a raid of social services like Social Security, Medicare.

    He lines his pockets using the office of President,Colluding with a Russian dictator refusing to reveal taxes in defiance of protocol. He’s dirty. WE ALL KNOW IT.

    Time to admit he is unfit, self serving, in deep debt to Putin and selling democracy as the currency to his survival.

    He is dismantling the NATO alliance because Putin has the pee tapes and ALL HIS his mortgages.
    Every one of his properties heavily mortgaged. Bankrupted 6x service avoided 5x, the servile coward. 3 baby mommas, 2 of them “immigrants.”

    Puty is KGB and plays the long game in 1987 ..he tagged blotus as a potential asset. Braggadocio, stupid and deeply in debt.

    The KGB figured this was a guy to groom. When the KGB- Putin-became president, he reeled trump in encouraging him to run.

    He got trump elected and the outcome is our problem.

    We saw him grovel to Putin, deny his OWN government agencies as a traitor to American Democracy.

    In 100 years of living in The USA, no trump EVER HAS SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY.

    Not the grandfather who came here to escape the German draft, not his father,an uncle, cousin, brother, not in WW1 or 2. Not Korea, Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nothing no one. NOT ONE TRUMP ever served. Digest that.

    My grandfather came here from Italy in 1895 worked the mines in PA. Illiterate never spoke English. Five of his sons served in WW2. Army, Air Core, Marines, Navy. My dad was one. He and his 4 immigrant greaseball brothers served our nation at war. My brother also served.

    Do not get me started on the vainglorious, boo boo footed coward who styles himself as as supporter of the military.

    Real vets revile that coward.

    Whoever doesn’t vote to reclaim America is a traitor.

  58. Mira says:

    Re Kitchen Confidential royalties – they go to his first wife, he mentioned it elsewhere, I can’t remember what interview.

  59. Mira says:

    P.S. if you loved reading the transcript of Maria Bustillo’s conversation with Bourdain, you will also appreciate the original article in the Eater, ‘Fiction Confidential’, the article that got her the invite from him; he described it as cutting close to the bone.

    And if you don’t have time to read the whole recent transcript , it is getting a lot of coverage everywhere, and I like the highlights provided by The Guardian.

  60. iwonder says:

    YES Morgan.

  61. catsworking says:

    Mira, I’ve never seen that bit about the royalties, but it makes sense, and they’re better spent with Nancy than with AA or any of her cronies. Thanks!

  62. catsworking says:

    Morgan and iwonder, that this country could stand by and watch Trump gleefully commit TREASON by throwing this country under the bus to impress Putin for all the world to see and not have had the feds waiting on the tarmac for his plane to land in D.C. to haul him off to a cell somewhere is mind-boggling.

    Watch the video of Trump and Putin arriving for their joint press conference after the 2 hours Putin spent giving Trump his marching orders. Putin is as ebullient as I’ve ever seen him. Big grin, even a little skip in his step hopping onto the dais.

    After Trump got wind of the blowback here and around the world, he realized he went too far and amended ONE FUCKING WORD??!! Changed “would” to “wouldn’t” and then blabbered on that the transcripts, the mics, and the cameras got it all wrong in the first place.

    And for Republicans, that’s enough to satisfy them. Nothing to see here, folks. No traitor in the White House. Your eyes and ears were lying.

    I’ve said it before, and I believe it even more strongly. When Mueller unleashes the dogs on the Trumps, may the whole family and every member of his staff and Congress who aided and abetted all their criminal activity be put on trial for treason and face the harshest punishment we have on the books for traitors.

    As for all the morons who voted for Trump, they’re getting what’s coming to them. Job loss, higher prices on everything, loss of health care access, foul air, dirty water. May they all lie in the gutter in their MAGA hats, homeless, hungry, licking their wounds and wrapping themselves against the cold with their hatred for everyone who isn’t an ignorant racist like them, betrayed by the lying scumbag they worshipped.

  63. Lynn says:

    Karen I could not agree more with your post. Of course, even with the worst possible outcome from Mueller, absent a dem majority in the House and Senate impeachment will not happen and I doubt we will see any indictments with teeth. The only way to get rid of the beast is for people to vote dem in Nov, and then vote him out in 2020 (if he doesn’t resign before then, which he may if they get too close to his finances).

    Re: your take on the Trump voters. I was annoyed reading Tony’s take on them, specifically the W. Va people. All this “they’re great people we must sit down with and understand them. We can’t look down on them.” Well, they were nice to him. Of course they would be. But I am tired of being told I have to ‘understand’ these gullible jackasses who were too happy to throw their country to the wolves based on the empty promises of a con man they were all too willing to believe.

    Would they let a known juvenile delinquent with clear mental health issues babysit their kids? Yet they did just that with their country. This ‘lets just blow the whole thing up’ nonsense is equally stupid. If you have a family problem, you don’t burn your house down. Meanwhile they continue to vote in the same people to Congress for DECADES, and then expect things to ‘change’. People of Kentucky, voting that asshole Rand Paul and swampy Mitch M. in over and over. Mitch ‘I don’t give a shit that my country was attacked, don’t you dare warn the American people, Obama, bc that might help Clinton’ McConnell. Not to mention the highly patriotic, classy move of stealing a SCOTUS seat.

    I’ll be the first to say Obama was weak as shit in his response to the Russians, too afraid of Mitch and what people might accuse him of. Too afraid of retaliation from Putin if he punished too harshly. He was too analytical. Dare I say a pussy, who likely would not have punished Russia at all if Clinton had won. But at least he seemed concerned about it. Trump clearly doesn’t care. He probably made some deal with Putie to intervene to help Repubs in Nov. in exchange for his continuing to resist implementing any punishment.

    As for those Trump cultists in W. Va and everywhere else, fuck them. I’m with you. I hope they suffer. There isn’t enough of an opioid crisis as far as I’m concerned. If you work in coal and are too proud or dumb to understand that Trump is LYING when he says ‘I’ll bring your coal jobs back,’ you’re too dumb to be voting. Just eat your squirrels, fuck your cousins and take your Oxycontin till you black out. It’s not our fault they’re poor. It’s not our fault they are trapped. And it’s not our fault they are cult-level brain washed. I think Tony was far too harsh on some of those NYT op-ed writers. At least they are resisting. It’s not their fault Trump’s cult only watches Fox and thus they end up, as Tony said, preaching to the converted.

    PS Did you see Trump literally wink at Putin? Disgrace.

  64. catsworking says:

    Lynn, your last paragraph has me ROFLMAO. It’s a stereotype, but wouldn’t be if it didn’t describe so many people.

    What infuriates me is when the nitwits in the sparsely populated red states whine about “elitists” on the coasts out-voting them and running everything. News flash: the coasts are where MOST OF THE PEOPLE ARE. So what if we live in cities and ‘burbs? Trump won vasts expanses of vacancy. When he gives sheep, pigs, and cows the vote, then we can talk about equal distribution.

    Besides, TRUMP DIDN’T “WIN.” He lost by nearly 3 MILLION votes. It took only 78,000 rubes in a few states who get all their “news” off Fox and Facebook to be brain-washed by Russian propaganda and throw the Electoral College to Trump. Don’t get me started on those useless, gutless douchebags.

    Trump’s going down, but it’s going to be from the money trail (just as Bourdain told Maria Bustillos). His tax returns and bank records will sink him. He and his flying monkeys can scream collusion and treason are politically motivated, but the money don’t have no spin and numbers don’t lie. He has always been a crook, and there’s NOTHING in the Constitution that gives him the right to steal, launder money, and commit fraud. That most of it traces back to Russia will only be icing on the cake.

    The Dems have to take back Congress in November just to stop Trump’s rampage of destruction.

    Speaking of conservative op-ed writers, check out George Will’s latest:

    But I predict when Trump sees how Manafort gets worked over in his two trials (the Va. judge has been twisting his balls hard already), Trump will resign before Mueller gets to him. Mueller can then turn the evidence over to the states where the crimes were committed and those courts can make sure Trump never has a good day for the rest of his life.

    PS: I do believe the soccer ball Putin gave Trump is bugged.

  65. Lynn says:

    Oh yea, I was loving Will’s piece last night. LOL on the soccer ball. It prob has a tiny cam inside, too. Putie should also give Trump a leash and leather codpiece to wear since Trump is his bitch.

    Whether it’s the Trump cult or some other group, I think Tony was sometimes too careful to be ‘sensitive’ to other cultures. Example – bullfighting. It’s brutal and vile, why do you have to say you ‘respect’ it? He also said once that anyone who criticizes the horrible treatment of dogs that are eaten in China is ‘racist’. Um, no it’s not racist. Is it racist to prosecute dog fighting in this country, something that is heavily skewed African American?

    What about female genital mutilation – should we also respect that? Fuck the culture if it’s backward, ignorant and doing something that brutalizes animals, people or the environment. Interesting when she pressed Tony about Obama re: one of his triggers, Kissinger (lol), he finally was like, okay well you have a point. I like that Maria isn’t afraid to criticize Obama. I agree with most of her points on that front.

  66. catsworking says:

    Lynn, Obama was the biggest presidential let-down of my life, and I worked on his 2012 campaign to help him get re-elected. He went limp on way too many things, opening the door for a racist buffoon like Trump.

    I’m with you on being too PC on things that violate our sensibilities to the core and hurt others to boot. I’ll confess that I let my DVR fill up with all the Parts Unknown shows that CNN ran right after Tony’s death. But as I’ve calmed down, I’ve been selectively deleting without watching many of them. OK, I’ll say it: I have always had ZERO interest in watching Bourdain sit in dirt, surrounded by squalor, shoveling glop into his face with his hands. I only watched those shows because I believed in him.

    I also leave the room during scenes in many episodes where he felt compelled to graphically show us where our meat comes from.

    So sue me that I prefer to see him sipping wine and eating stinky cheese with Ripert somewhere beautiful and civilized. Or even tromping around Romania with Zamir.

    I was not charmed one bit the by the West Virginia episode. I get that he was trying to build bridges, but I’ve lived in the South for 46 years and know there are pockets of stupid down here that are untouchable. Virginia was the ONLY state in the South Trump DIDN’T carry, and I can’t tell you, as a New England Yankee, how fucking proud that made me after nearly 5 decades of being in the minority.

    And I hope it’s Virginia courts that put Manafort away for life, scare Trump into resigning, and sentence RMG to some hardcore jail time for lying about her cocaine.

  67. Lynn says:

    This is a great interview with AB from Dec. ’16, mostly his views on the state of the country and Trump, and his pessimism, particularly regarding revolutions and taking things ‘to the streets’. He makes a good point. All that protesting in the 70s basically got us Nixon twice, and people like Susan Sarandon, who actually said ‘if Trump is elected, great because the revolution will come even faster,’ make me sick. AB said he views people like ‘with contempt’. lol

    AB also reiterates his points about not looking down on Trump people. I see his point in terms of ‘winning them over’ to vote against Trump, but only as a means of strategy.

  68. Morganlf says:

    George Will is brilliant:
    “Americans elected a president who — this is a safe surmise — knew that he had more to fear from making his tax returns public than from keeping them secret. The most innocent inference is that for decades he has depended on an American weakness, susceptibility to the tacky charisma of wealth, which would evaporate when his tax returns revealed that he has always lied about his wealth, too. A more ominous explanation might be that his redundantly demonstrated incompetence as a businessman tumbled him into unsavory financial dependencies on Russians. A still more sinister explanation might be that the Russians have something else, something worse, to keep him compliant.”

    He is deeply in Russian debt. When he bankrupted no bank in NY would take him on except Deutsche Bank.

    Ultimately a state Russian bank VTB bought that debt as part of the long game.Google trumps history w Deutsche .

    MAGATS don’t care, won’t care. It’s what Mueller is after. That and the pee tape that I believe exists. MAGATS won’t care.

    He will stack the Supreme Court. That’s what they care about.

    Oh and Justice Kennedy who just conveniently resigned so trump can fill the spot with a right wing evangelical….his son was trumps banker at Deutsche Bank…….

  69. catsworking says:

    I think it’s without question that Russia has Trump’s balls in a financial death grip. They will reveal that he’s not only a fraud as a businessman (which his brainless base thinks is the bulk of his charm), but he’s probably penniless.

    When is the last time we heard that he had refunded his salary as president to charity or back to the Treasury after the first two paychecks? I’m surprised WaPo nor NYT have not reported he’s quietly pocketing that cash because he needs it desperately to keep Melania in cheap jackets that mock him.

    If Kavanaugh is allowed onto the Supreme Court, then we need to go after Pelosi and Schumer’s scalps. We CANNOT enable Trump to set the country back to the 1800s with his ignorant judicial throwbacks.

    And as for his “base.” Yes, they are base. The basest. Fuck understanding their butt-hurt over being overlooked or oppressed or whatever. They’re going to feel it hard when Trump’s tariffs make all their exports rot and earn them zip. They are a backward-thinking, isolationist minority and they need to be CRUSHED. The world looks to the U.S. for leadership, and we must not abdicate that sacred honor and squander our advantages to humor a fucking moron and his cult of self-destructing idiots. May they get their asses handed to them in November.

  70. Morganlf says:

    When..Kavanaugh is allowed.
    Then the one after him when Ginsburg gives out.

    Not Pelosi or Schumer…Comey the arrogant fuck and Bernie the IDIOT so are his troops.. they divided and cost us the election. Hillary wasn’t perfect but she was smart and knowledgeable, she’d have given us the Supreme Court.
    So for all you assholes who held your nose and voted for comrade trump…turn in your citizenship you are anti American.

  71. catsworking says:

    Morgan, I’m to the point where, if faced with someone who tells me they support Trump, I have to walk away before I punch them in the face.

  72. Lynn says:

    I vacillate among feeling scared, angry as hell, helpless, depressed and then optimistic that not only will our country survive this, but the fucker will go down as hard as Nixon. It’s amazing how I turn off the news for just a few hours, and when I turn it back on there is another bombshell breaking news item, like last night learning that Trump was told by our intelligence people before he was inaugurated that Putin himself ordered the hack. That he was shown emails and texts to boot! And that gobsmackingly he is considering handing over to Putin for questioning a former US Ambassador.

    I continue to be astounded by his cult, people like Fucker Carlson, who actually said the other night ‘well other countries influence our elections, look at Mexico’ in terms of illegals coming here and voting. He can’t really believe this crap. But he knows his moron viewers will and worse, they want to hear it.

    I almost have to wish that Russia would order a hack that causes a blackout in a city (just NOT NY lol) – which by the way DHS said in March was a real possibility, as Russians are placing malware in U.S. power grid system computers – just to watch Putin’s bitch and his minions blame that city for not having better infrastructure, and say ‘well it could have been anyone; Putin was very strong in denying that he caused that blackout.’ At what point do these kool aid drinkers wake up? Never, I fear.

    Karen that’s funny but I can’t punch my own mother in the face. I have told her, however that she has no decency lol. I can tell you right now that members of my family who voted Trump have no CLUE about half that he’s doing bc they don’t read and watch only Fox. One Trumpist I know didn’t even know who Pruitt or Hope Hicks were! It’s like they just marked the ballot and then went into a coma.

    One relative who voted Trump, who freaks out every time she hears of any celeb who so much as touches a woman inappropriately, justifies her vote for the sexual predator Trump by saying that Hillary abused Bill’s victims and “enabled him”. So being married to a rapist is worse than actually being one. Seriously, once when I said to her at least Hillary hasn’t assaulted anyone, she said ‘only because she doesn’t have a penis’. This is what we are dealing with. These people have college degrees. They are in no way ‘working class’ or ‘poor’.

    Morgan I would add that all those who didn’t vote at all, or voted only down ballot leaving the Prez part blank, wrote in a name or voted for Jill ‘parties with Putin’ Stein or Gary ‘what is Aleppo? I’m brain dead from the weed’ Johnson are even more anti-American. They saw cancer coming and refused the chemo.

  73. catsworking says:

    Lynn, you would be right at home at my parents’. When we get together, the wine flows and the Trump-bashing begins until we’re all screaming.

    If standing next to Putin and committing treason to our faces wasn’t enough, the idea that he would turn American citizens over to Putin for questioning is even worse.

    Educated people who should know better who support Trump are committing treason. Period. No excuses.

    I’d like to see the lights go out in the White House every time Trump says something Putin doesn’t like until Trump connects the dots that Vlad’s got him by the pussy and won’t let go until Trump is crushed.

    Trump is fucked either way. It’s a no-win with Putin. Even if he granted Trump a tower in Moscow, he’d made sure so much of the money flowed to himself that Trump wouldn’t make a penny and have all the headaches of dealing with the disaster to boot. Politically, Putin knows Trump is a putz and he’s wringing all he can out of Trump before Mueller gets started.

    Mueller’s undoubtedly cooking up charges that will send Trump UNDER the jail for the rest of his life. What happened to Nixon will seem mild, because Nixon wasn’t committing treason and he wasn’t eyeball deep in personal financial crimes.

  74. gettngclear says:

    “I continue to be astounded by his cult, people like Fucker Carlson. . .”

    Thank u for that sorely needed laugh, Lynn! 😊

  75. Lynn says:

    If you really want a laugh, check out these Trumputin memes. I’m particularly partial to the last one lol.

  76. catsworking says:

    OMG, the Geriatric Genius is hilarious! Thanks, Lynn.

  77. Lynn says:

    I see AA has posted yet another pic of her with AB. Notice AA, how his wife, child and good friends are not doing this? That’s because they are not attention seeking hos. And because it seems rather morbid, not to mention, as we’ve said, a pathetic attempt at calling attention to yourself. How long are you going to try to milk his fame even in death? Look, look I was with Tony! I was important!

    Yes, sadly, Tony brought you into our awareness much like John McCain brought Palin. Both men committed a grave disservice in digging you both from under your rocks and showed piss poor judgement. Unfortunately we must endure seeing and hearing from both of you cunts long after these men are long gone and no longer have to. It’s kind of like these men gave us herpes. Yes, AA, you are like a 5’3″ herpes sore – gross, annoying, a pain, a huge embarrassment and yet ineradicable. I have never had herpes so I’m only guessing but I’m sure you can fill us in on what it’s like. Along with syphilis, the clap, anal warts…. I could go on.

    I watched the Robin Williams doc the other night. Funny how we didn’t see Billy Crystal or other good friends of Robin posting pics of themselves with him weeks after he died. It’s called class, AA. I realize you don’t have any but even rats can be trained.

  78. Anita says:

    Sorry I went missing. The Resistance needed me! Actually it needs all of us. What a week. I already told my husband to be prepared if I go bat shit crazy and become a full-time protestor. It will happen if Trump sends McFaul to Russia.

    I saw that AA posted a picture with AB but didn’t look to see what it was. I really don’t care, do you? I do think this is about keeping her image in the forefront before the Emmy’s so she is hoping maybe to get an invite to hand out the award for one of the Parts Unknown nominations. Hopefully ZPZ would shut that down immediately.

    I have friends arriving tomorrow (who hate Trump as much as I do) and we are going on a fun 5 day road trip with them. I will be quite pissed if the Smoking Gun drops while I’m on vacation but will be checking back here when I get back.

    Thank you Karen for having a space where we can vent. About AB and Trump!

  79. Anita says:

    One more thing. Last Saturday I watched the show from Rome with AA. It was hard but I did it, mainly because I’m doing a trip to Italy next year based on AB’s shows. This was planned before he died.

    One thing I did think was very sweet was Nickolas (AA’s son) obviously affection of AB. I wonder how he was after the news of the suicide.

  80. catsworking says:

    Lynn, I love you! I canceled the DVR on Robin Williams because I didn’t think I could stand to watch it, but maybe I should.

    Yes, AA trotting out pics of her exploiting Tony days before his death are bad taste X 1,000. He was in love. She was digging for gold. Do you think she’ll ever realize that HIS fans, who outnumber hers by 10s of millions, DO NOT want to see him with the dysfunctional, inked-up hag who broke him?

    She thinks she’s still this sexy piece of ass with the tats and cigarette hanging from her wizened lips, a middle-aged 16-year-old wannabe. Bourdain’s legacy will forever be stained by her belated presence in his life. It’s like when Joan Crawford discovered the only parts she could get were in horror movies. Tony thought in his 60s the only way to film good TV was to include an opportunistic, pseudo-intellectual D-list skank.

  81. catsworking says:

    Anita, bon voyage! We’ll be here when you get back.

    It’s looking like McFaul will not be thrown to the Russians. I’d be out in the streets if Trump went there. Before it’s all over, I think Trump will find himself thrown to Putin’s wolves as a chew toy, or whatever’s left of him after Mueller finishes with him. Trump is screwed. We just need to be patient.

    I have great confidence that the ZPZ crew would join hands and physically keep AA out of the Emmy ceremony. THEY know how it went down. Besides, she would only show up to vent in Hollywood about Weinstein and how he “raped” her to get her name in headlines. One would hope she would get booed off the stage as the imposter she is. The #MeToo movement would be better served to shed AA and her phony claims.

  82. catsworking says:

    Anita, I think her son’s name is Nicola Giovanni Civetta. He’s probably going to need therapy for the rest of his life after Mom dumped Dad when he was three, and then “Uncle Tony” offed himself to escape Mom. He looked like a sweet kid, but she’s been indoctrinating him into Satanism and God knows what other occult bullshit. If he makes it to adulthood even halfway sane, it will be a miracle.

  83. Nanna says:

    Dear Ladies! I just want to say, that I do not comment here as my writing is not nearly as good as yours! And I’m not nearly as whitty or funny or knowledgeable, but of course I subscribed! I read all your posts and you truly make my day. Especially when AA makes me absolutely lose my mind and see red, I read your posts and you are all so level headed, and say it like it is, often taking words right out of my mouth. I adore you all! And please keep on writing.

    Team Tony forever ❤️

    Ps: I’m more of a Instagram and Twitter fighter.

  84. catsworking says:

    Welcome, Nanna! Feel free to add to the conversation as you can. We are all still seeking closure. Even after 6 weeks, I still feel as if shoes have yet to drop. We are waiting…

  85. Lynn says:

    Anita – I think that kid is long by now used to seeing the men in mommy’s life go ‘bye bye’ one way or another as she goes through them like cartons of cigarettes.

    One thing I love about vacation is I can escape the orange troll and be in blissful ignorance, especially if I’m in a country with limited channels or even better, no TV at all in my room.

    The Williams doc was not nearly as good as the Gary Shandling one, IMO, because you don’t learn nearly as much about who the private man was as you do Shandling, but it’s still a good watch.

  86. Tracy Moses says:

    What an interesting article here:

  87. L Villeneuve says:

    Jason Rezaian’s book about being falsely imprisoned in Iran is set to come out in the next couple of weeks. If you all remember, he was the WP journalist who appeared with AB on No Res. AB was instrumental in getting him back to the U.S. but he was there for about a year and a half, so it will be an interesting read.

  88. catsworking says:

    Lynn, love those! You have to be a special kind of stupid to still be praising Trump’s diplomatic skills Putin could claim Trump promised absolutely ANYTHING to Russia. And he’s probably got 2 hours worth of audio (maybe even video) or Trump alternately boasting about himself and groveling at Putin’s feet.

    LV, Rezaians’s book isn’t particularly on my reading list. (I’m wrapping up Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas right now.) It’s a shame Bourdain’s Ecco imprint dies with him. He was putting out an ecclectic assortment of books that might have a hard time hitting the shelves.

  89. catsworking says:

    Tracy, welcome, and thanks for the link. We’ve discussed many aspects of this article in the comments here. Maria Bustillos was lucky to snag that interview.

    Spring from the article came a discussion of where he was living, since she mentioned where they met was right across the street from his apartment. With no concrete proof, I’ve concluded he must have been in the Time Warner Center where CNN’s NYC offices are. When he decided to get his own place, CNN would have been happy to get their biggest talent under roof. It would have been highly convenient for work and spared him apartment-hunting.

  90. Lynn says:

    Has anyone been watching Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show on Showtime ‘This is America’ where he pranks various politicians? 1. It’s hilarious 2. It’s already led to calls for one Repub Georgia lawmaker to resign after he exposed his butt, screamed the N word and did a bad imitation of a Chinese person after being told by Sacha (in disguise as an Israeli terror expert) that these were good anti-ISIS techniques.

    Full clip here:

    Fast forward to 2:00 for the funniest and yet also most disturbing bits

  91. Lenora says:

    You may have already seen this little drama on Twitter. Leah McSweeney, she wrote the toxic feminist article about Asia and Rose, received a letter from Asia’s attorney threatening to sue Leah if she didn’t take down the article. The plot thickens.

  92. catsworking says:

    Lynn, I have been watching this. The only one who didn’t fall for his BS was Ted Koppel. All SBC’s dick jokes went right over Cheney’s head, like, “Did your wife ever ask for less Bush, more Dick?” Cheney’s quite a piece of work, so proud of his wars that he even signed a “waterboarding bottle,” and said that it was his first.

    I can’t hardly wait to see what he does to Palin, who has been screaming she was tricked.

  93. catsworking says:

    Lenora, I hadn’t heard about this. So, the AA-Trump parallel continues. Now she’s trying to shut down the American media. I’d have to read the article again, but if it was written as an opinion piece, and I think it was, AA probably doesn’t have a case. As a public figure (albeit D-list) she’s fair game. She’d have to prove the article is damaging her reputation, career and earning potential, which is virtually impossible since there’s so much other damning stuff about her out there, some of it created by AA herself.

    She’s just being a bully.

    Besides, the article has already been all over the internet for weeks. If this wasn’t just another attempt to bring attention to herself, AA would have gone after McSweeney immediately.

    Seems to me like a ploy to bring even more attention to the article in hopes of persuading more people to see AA as the victim. Sad.

    PS: I just retweeted Ruhman’s tweet directing people to read the article in question. It’s the best way to stick it to AA.

    Uh, oh! I just had a horrible thought. What if AA is pulling this shit hoping to get herself hired for a spread in Penthouse to shut her up? They still do those pics, right?

  94. Lynn says:

    Karen I was thinking the same thing. What exactly in that article is slanderous?? Asia needs to add some orange coloring if she’s going to become a mini-Trump. She may do an ‘Asia’s version of the story’ type deal in Penthouse or somewhere else, but her critics outnumber her brainwashed cult, again just like Orange Blimpy Face, so good luck to her with that.

    So today Orange Man Baby was in full gas light mode saying he’s concerned Russia will help Dems in November. A. I certainly hope so, bc then maybe Repubs will do something about it. B. Nice try, Putie’s Bitch, but if Russian meddling sways voters (and if you claim after the Dems win that it is the cause, that would indicate that it does), then it got your ass elected, too. C. If you’re so concerned, why aren’t you trying to stop it?

  95. Lenora says:

    It’s interesting that we now can recognize Trumpian behavior in others. I was having IRL discussion about a former boss. I was an office manager for a union. I chimed in that old boss was basically the leftist labor version of Trump and a chorus of yeses rose up. He even did odd things to his hair. The happy ending to my lefty labor Trump, he was just voted out of office.

    Thank goodness Asia isn’t in a situation of being anyone’s boss.

    Lesson here, Narcissist are bipartisan!

    At times I do wonder if narcissistism is on the rise or is the internet/social media their perfect medium?

  96. catsworking says:

    Lynn, Trump is so unnerved by what’s happening with Cohen and Mannafort, he threw Putin under the bus by claiming the Russians are helping the Dems. Putin was standing RIGHT BESIDE Trump just last week and said he wanted Trump to win and told his officials to make it happen, unless the translator was lying.

    Trump is setting the stage for deniability. When the Repubs get their asses handed to them in the mid-terms, Trump can say “I told you so” and blame it on Russia. It’s so obvious, it’s nauseating.

    Then Trump went before a veterans group the other day and told them not to believe anything they “see or read.” He’s so unglued, he’s not even trying to make sense anymore. And Congress just sits there, watching him flush this country down the toilet as hard and fast as he can. They should be in over-drive passing laws to stop him from touching the economy or foreign relations. They should regulate him until he is completely stripped of power he can’t handle. And then somebody should stomp the shit out of his smartphone. For their complicity (Repub) and futile hand-wringing (Dem) they ALL need to be voted out.

    Lenora, I think social media has turned the rest of us into prey for the sickest scum among us. The only way to avoid them is to filter carefully what we read and believe and tune out the rest.

  97. Lenora says:

    “Trump is setting the stage for deniability.” Yes! Its so obvious now that you pointed it out. When it comes 2016 election its treason to suggest the Russian involvement. 2018 it will be all the Russian’s fault.

  98. Tracy Moses says:

    Karen, I guess I’m “behind the curve” on that article as I thought it was new. It was certainly new to me but it really bummed me out. Thanks for all the updates.

  99. catsworking says:

    Tracy, no problem. I’ve been reading so much about Bourdain the past few months, I can hardly keep track myself. I came across a discussion the other day about whether or not Bourdain is in Hell (it wasn’t conclusive; they wanted him to be, but conceded that God may have forgiven him). And I’ve seen videos of people claiming they’re talking to him on the other side. His death brought a lot of creeps out of the woodwork. Sheesh.

  100. Tracy Moses says:

    I forgot to mention that I had actually run across some comments somewhere where people started speculating if Tony’s suicide had been staged by the Russians! I’m sure he was no fan of Putin but I doubt he was on the radar. It just illustrates the level of crazy out there (as if we needed illustrating – see election of Donald Trump – LOL)!

  101. bamboo.skewer says:

    Just wanted to say, I love the term Mira used — “stink bush.” LOL!

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