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Serious news bumps Ron Burgundy off 'SportsCenter'

Thursday - 12/5/2013, 4:34pm  ET

Actor and comedian Will Ferrell, who plays TV anchorman Ron Burgundy, stays in character during a news conference at Emerson College in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The school has changed the name of its School of Communication for one day to honor the fictitious television anchorman. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- 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.


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