In a new interview with XXL, published Tuesday, the Fuck That's Delicious host remembered Bourdain as a legend in multiple fields and recalled hanging with him and Rakim at a Knicks game. "That man was a legend," Bronson said. "He made everybody want to get out there, travel the world, and see it in a different view. I bonded with my mother over his shows. Me and my mom used to watch those and that would be our time hanging out. Just chilling, watching him, and hoping one day to be in the places he was at. Everyone is doing that now and it's just a pleasure and a blessing from the stars that I'm able to do that now."
Bronson, expressing gratitude for his position in an art form Bourdain helped pioneer, added that the beloved Parts Unknown host's death earlier this month was a "big loss."
Bourdain died by suicide June 8 at the age of 61. He was in France at the time working on Parts Unknown, which aired its Darren Aronofsky-featuring season 11 finale earlier this week. "I don't know how to process him being gone," Aronofsky said of filming the Bhutan-set episode. "I do remember how easily words flowed from him. He made it seem so effortless. He was a poet of life. So I'll let that inspire whatever flows now."