Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues doesn’t open in theaters until Dec. 20, but you don’t have to wait that long to see Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy back in action. In fact, the Me Decade’s most-famous fake newsman is practically everywhere these days, lending his classy prestige to Dodge Durangos (and then taking it back on Conan: “I drove it four feet and the thing cracked in half!”); Emerson College, which will temporarily rename its communications school after Burgundy; the Australian prime-minister election coverage; and MTV’s European Music Awards, which are, let’s be honest, the very definition of “classy prestige.”
Next up for Burgundy: immortality. He’s promoting a grass-roots online effort to have the faces on Mt. Rushmore dynamited and replaced with those of the Channel 4 news team.
Then, on Sunday, he’s hosting one of the six biggest sporting events being held that day in Winnipeg: Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings, which ultimately selects the Canadian Olympic curling team. “Marked by the gods of broadcasting and placed into this shimmering green sphere like a golden egg in hay, chosen like an unclean jackal by Noah himself, I accept your hallowed task and sing out with a battle cry worthy of your love and your wisdom,” Burgundy said in a press release. “And that song is, ‘Winnipeg, get ready to paint the town Burgundy!’”
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Burgundy is also reportedly primed to appear on an upcoming episode of SportsCenter on Dec. 5. If that appearance turns out to be true, it would represent a thawing of the ice between Burgundy and the sports channel. Back in 1979, the San Diego news anchor had an infamous meltdown while auditioning for the fledgling network.