TC ran a car commercial with Bourdain commenting throughout the commercial. He had nothing to do with it and was never contacted about it. It was also during the last NR so it looked like it wasn't actually a commercial until the very end.
"In a lengthy blog post yesterday, Bourdain opened up on his split with The Travel Channel, lamenting the current management team's decision to use his brand to market products he doesn't support; as well as cheat fans with special episodes made up of repurposed clips.
"I CAN do something when my name and image (such as they are) are used to sell a product without my consent and in violation of prior specific and well crafted legal agreements," wrote Bourdain, hinting at legal action. "And I intend to."