Comedian Will Ferrell is reviving his daft 1970s TV-anchorman character Ron Burgundy in an upcoming podcast series, announcing it in a humorous Twitter exchange with real-life CNN anchor Don Lemon.
"Hello, @donlemon! It's your good friend, Ron Burgundy," tweeted former "Saturday Night Live" comic Ferrell, 51, star of the 2004 and 2013 "Anchorman" films. "Don't know if you heard, but I recently had my White House press credentials pulled," he went on, in a jocular allusion to CNN's Jim Acosta temporarily having his own revoked. "They accused me of eating too many hot dogs in the press break room. They said I ate 12 dogs! I only ate 4 dogs!!! I'm not [competitive eater Takeru] Kobayashi for cripes sake! Anyway, old friend, was wondering if you could do me a favor."
"Mr. Burgundy, I gotta be honest I don't remember ever meeting you and frankly I'm a little shocked you have White House press credentials," answered Lemon, 52. "I know I stand for a free press and all but just not so sure you should have those credentials."
"Don, I am laughing out loud!" continued funnyman Ferrell. "So about that favor: the media landscape is changing so fast and I DO NOT CARE FOR IT. That's why I'm starting a 'podcast!' Have you heard of 'podcasts?' They're hotter than Jane Fonda's workout tape! Anywho, I need help getting the word out about mine. What do you say best friend?"
Responded Lemon, "Please do not start a podcast and stop contacting me."
Lemon's assistant did not respond to a Newsday request for comment.
iHeartMedia, which is hosting the show, said "The Ron Burgundy Podcast” will launch with two seasons featuring 12 episodes each set to debut early next year and continue in mid-2019. It is co-produced by the Funny or Die comedy website Ferrell co-founded.
"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," Ferrell said as Burgundy in a statement. "I am also broke. Therefore, I am very excited to do this podcast. It is literally saving my life."
"To be honest, we don't want to do this podcast and we just want to get this announcement over with as soon as possible," added iHeartRadio Podcast Network president Conal Byrne jokingly. "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."