In HBO's new series The Leftovers, there's a television segment commemorating the three year anniversary of millions of people disappearing. There's a "Remembering the 'Victims' of the Sudden Departure" section with photos of celebrities (including Condoleezza Rice, Salman Rushdie, and Gary Busey). Also on the list: television host and author Anthony Bourdain. Tom Perrotta's 2011 novel The Leftovers doesn't mention Bourdain directly, but does include a note regarding the Food Network:
Depending upon your viewing habits, you could listen to experts debating the validity of conflicting religious and scientific explanations for what was either a miracle or a tragedy, or watch an endless series of gauzy montages celebrating the lives of departed celebrities—John Mellencamp and Jennifer Lopez, Shaq and Adam Sandler, Miss Texas and Greta Van Susteren, Vladimir Putin and the Pope. There were so many different levels of fame, and they all kept getting mixed together—the nerdy guy in the Verizon ads and the retired Supreme Court Justice, the Latin American tyrant and the quarterback who'd never fulfilled his potential, the witty political consultant and that chick who'd been dissed on The Bachelor. According to the Food Network, the small world of superstar chefs had been disproportionately hard hit.