Warning! Mildly NSFW!
"By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John!"
He's back. That burgundy-suited newsman with a killer mustache is returning to theaters later this month. And in case you actually care what the plot is for the sequel to the cult-adored Anchorman, the clip above offers you some setup. The glory days of Ron Burgundy seemed behind him, lost forever. But then, a ray of hope came in the form of GNN, a radical concept for a 24-hour news channel. (Can you imagine?)
In this clip for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Dylan Baker plays a pitchman trying to sign Ron to his wild news channel idea. Of course, Ron is initially dubious ("News going twenty-four hours around the clock? A channel that's never off in other words?...No offense, but you are stupid.") but a fat paycheck is enough for this anchorman with salon quality hair to give it a go.
With the release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues coming up fast, Ron Burgundy seems to be everywhere lately. He's been selling Durangos, hawking Scotchy Scotch Scotch ice cream, and he even popped up on the local news in North Dakota. But one place you won't see him, sadly, is ESPN.
THR reports Will Ferrell was set to bring the character to SportsCenter today at 6 PM, and that David Koechner was set to accompany him as Champ Kind in a special segment presented by Dodge Durango. Unfortuantely ESPN's director of communications then dropped a terrible bombshell on Twitter:
Unfortunately, the Burgundy appearance was bumped so ESPN could focus on a news conference concerning the sexual assault allegations leveled against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston. (Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs has since announced Winston will not be charged.)
That means this audition could be as close to Burgundy on ESPN as we're likely to get.
Try to control your disappointment.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens on December 18th.