Why ESPN Canceled Will Ferrell’s Appearance as Ron Burgundy

Dec 5, 2013  •  Post A Comment

"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.

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