Why ESPN Canceled Will Ferrell's Appearance as Ron Burgundy THR
"SNL" alum Will Ferrell has been popping up everywhere as Ron Burgundy, but one place Ferrell's goofball TV news guy alter ego may not be appearing -- even though he was scheduled to show up today -- is on ESPN's "SportsCenter."
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that ESPN shelved the appearance, part of Ferrell’s media blitz in support of the upcoming "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," to make room for possible breaking news about sexual assault allegations against college quarterback Jameis Winston.
The actor was scheduled to appear at 6 p.m. on “SportsCenter,” along with David Koechner as Champ Kind from the "Anchorman" sequel. But the Florida State Attorney will hold a news conference today at 2 p.m. about the sexual assault allegations, prompting ESPN to cancel the Burgundy spot.
“Ron Burgundy's scheduled Thurs. appearance on @SportsCenter has been cancelled in light of the potential implications of any news from the State Attorney's press conference in Fla.," ESPN said in a statement. “As of this time, there is no reschedule date for Ron Burgundy."
Along with his recent appearance on a local news broadcast in Bismarck, N.D. (please click on the link in the first paragraph, above, to see the video), Ferrell, as Burgundy, recently called a professional curling event in Canada, as we reported previously.
"Anchorman 2" is scheduled for U.S. release Dec. 18.