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Florida State investigation bumps Ron Burgundy off 'SportsCenter'

Serious news has bumped fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy off SportsCenter.

Actor Will Ferrell was scheduled to reprise his role on a Thursday evening edition of the highlights show on ESPN. The network announced Wednesday night that the appearance had been scrapped because of the “potential implications” of the news conference scheduled Thursday afternoon about the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

ESPN says Ferrell’s guest spot hasn’t been rescheduled. His character has been on a media blitz to promote Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which included covering Canada’s Olympic curling trials and hosting a local newscast in North Dakota.

Ron Burgundy -- er, Will Ferrell -- will return to 'Conan' in November

Prepare your mustache combs and dust off the old jazz flute: On Nov. 21, Ron Burgundy is coming back to ConanUpdate: The Burgundy bit will now air on Conan‘s Nov. 20 episode.

As you may recall, Burgundy — a.k.a. Will Ferrell — last stopped by Conan O’Brien’s TBS show to break the news that Anchorman‘s long-anticipated sequel had finally been greenlit. This time around, Ferrell-as-Burgundy will apparently stick around for “a much longer conversation,” according to a release — one mainly about Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings, an Anchorman 2 tie-in book/Burgundy “autobiography” that hits shelves Nov. 18. Anchorman 2 debuts a month later, on Dec. 20.

“It’s thrilling to be on the Conan O’Brien show, a top flight show. I’m excited to hear he’s still on television,” “Burgundy” said in a statement.
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