‘Thirst Aid Kit’ Ends After Almost Three Years
It’s goodbye for real this time, according to Thirst Aid Kit hosts Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins. The pair surprised fans with the news that Thursday’s episode of the pop culture podcast, which took a weekly deep dive into a different celebrity crush, would be its last. The series first began in November 2017 at BuzzFeed before moving to Slate in 2019 and grew to a fanbase of over 20,000 Twitter followers who attended live shows and events like "Thirsty Movie Nights."
“It was a difficult decision for us, but this episode marks the end of Thirst Aid Kit as a weekly podcast,” the announcement reads on Twitter. “It has been a true delight to share this thirst journey with you."
💔 It was a difficult decision for us, but this episode marks the end of Thirst Aid Kit as a weekly podcast. It has been a true delight to share this thirst journey with you. https://t.co/LdU6Fg1k4t #TAKpod 💜 pic.twitter.com/dQqL7NzQCE— Thirst Aid Kit (@ThirstAidKit) September 17, 2020
In the final episode, both Adewunmi and Perkins emphasize that it was their decision for the series to come to an end (seemingly a nod to the fact that their January 2019 exit from BuzzFeed was not on their terms).
“We found a new home at Slate, which has been great,” Perkins says. “We’re so grateful that we were able to have this time to put out more episodes. You know, there’s no drama.”
Instead, the two cite a creative rut for helping them realize it was the right time to end the show as a weekly podcast, but teased that they may still return for live events.
The heartfelt goodbye carried over to their Tumblr, where Adewunmi and Perkins thanked readers for their support.
“Thank you for letting us be Black women expressing Black joy, desire, pleasure and exhaustion,” the post reads. “Thank you for allowing us to widen the understanding of what matters to Black women, besides the usual (narrow) diet we are fed.”
In response, listeners have been sharing their gratitude for the podcast on Twitter.
@bimadew & @tnwhiskeywoman you shaped a whole ass culture of self-intimacy & desire & joy & lusting out loud for black women that'll carry with me forever. Hearing you both made me more honest, uninhibited, more me. THANK YOU, LOVE YALL 4EVA💕 @ThirstAidKit #TAKpod https://t.co/JyoQB0aCxJ pic.twitter.com/O41swVjYt9— Elvira (@Elvirandrea_) September 17, 2020
I'm bereft that @ThirstAidKit is over. @tnwhiskeywoman & @bimadew made a podcast that was smart, sexy, & made me scream laughing each week. Thank you, Nichole & Bim, for creating such a mind-expanding, thigh-opening show. 😜🔥 Can't wait to see what you both do next. https://t.co/Xj6ESFnEz2— Pam Grossman (@Phantasmaphile) September 17, 2020
i still remember the first time i listened to an episode of @ThirstAidKit , i was making the drive from houston to austin, and it had me screaming and cackling the entire time— saku (@ranioftx) September 17, 2020
i just know i looked deranged, laughing wildly to myself in my car, but that's how freeing TAK was/is❤️
You can listen to the final episode of Thirst Aid Kit here.