"The media landscape is changing so fast and I DO NOT CARE FOR IT."
Will Ferrell is set to revive the ’70s news broadcaster Ron Burgundy, with the legendary Anchorman character being given his very own podcast.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was released back in 2004, followed by the 2013 sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Earlier this year, the movie’s director Adam McKay discussed a possible third instalment – which would see the chauvinistic broadcaster being sent to the war in Iraq.
Now, it has been confirmed that Burgundy will first return in audio form – entering the 21st-century world of podcasting.
The 12-episode run, set for release in the first quarter of 2019, will be co-produced by Funny or Die and iHeartRadio, with Burgundy breaking the news via his new Twitter account.
Posting from @BurgundyPodcast, the character engaged in a conversation with CNN‘s Don Lemon. “Hello, @donlemon! It’s your good friend, Ron Burgundy,” he posted. “Don’t know if you heard, but I recently had my White House press credentials pulled. They accused me of eating too many hot dogs in the press break room.”
He added: “They said I ate 12 dogs! I only ate 4 dogs!!! I’m not Kobayashi for cripes sake! Anyway, old friend, was wondering if you could do me a favor.”
Burgundy later revealed that he is “starting a ‘podcast!'”, after airing his concerns over the changing media landscape. See the conversation unfold below.
In an official statement, Burgundy said: “Listen, I don’t know what a podcast is, but I currently have a lot of time on my hands and a lot to talk about. I am also broke. Therefore, I am very excited to do this podcast. It is literally saving my life.”
Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network, added: “Ron quite literally forced us into making this podcast with him, first calling us more than one hundred times in a single day and then proceeding to actually show up at our doorstep and physically force himself into our studios.
“We do hope the podcast is well-received, but in the meantime, we hope by agreeing to do the announcement he will stay away.”
A second instalment is expected to follow later in 2019.