Ron Burgundy won’t be telling Bristol, Connecticut, to stay classy today – Will Ferrell’s appearance as America’s favorite anchorman on ESPN’s SportsCenter has been postponed due to a scheduled news conference regarding the sexual assault allegations leveled against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“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’s director of communications David Scott wrote on Twitter. Although Scott wrote yesterday that there was no make-up date for Burgundy, a SportsCenter anchor said this on the air morning that Ferrell would bring his character to the show sometime next week.
Ferrell was scheduled to appear on the show today alongside his Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues cohort, David Koechner, who plays the Channel 4 News team’s sports reporter, Champ Kind.
Despite the cancellation, Ferrell has been busy making the rounds in the lead up to the December 20th release of Anchorman 2: Recently, he’s appeared as Burgundy on several local newscasts across the country, on Conan singing Loverboy’s “Everybody’s Working for the Weekend” in honor of embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford and just yesterday he was at Emerson College in Boston for the christening of the Ron Burgundy School of Communication.
You can also check out the ever-jovial Burgundy on the brand new cover of Rolling Stone and go behind the scenes of his covershoot, which features a Segway, several spilled martinis and a poker game with Burgundy’s beloved pup, Baxter. “Anyone in comedy who says they knew something was gonna work is full of shit,” Ferrell said of the highly-anticipated Anchorman sequel. “I want to keep making things where, potentially, I do turn off part of the audience. Because the percentage that’s going, ‘I can’t believe this is happening, and I love it’ — that’s what I gravitate toward.”