Will Ferrell, as Ron Burgundy, co-anchors entire ND newscast


"Anchorman 2" star Will Ferrell stayed classy as he anchored an entire newscast as Ron Burgundy at a North Dakota TV station Saturday night, The Associated Press reported.

Dressed in his signature rust-colored three-piece suit, "Burgundy" behaved like a real anchorman while reading stories and engaging in banter with weekend anchor Amber Schatz and the rest of the news team at KXMB in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Staying true to his chauvinistic ways from the first "Anchorman" movie, Burgundy flirted with his female co-anchor, telling Schatz, "You look lovely tonight," before asking her if she was married.

KXMB posted the entire 30-minute newscast online. It was a legitimate newscast with stories from around the region, and Burgundy stuck to the script – mostly.

Among his ad-lib shenanigans, the guest co-anchor said after the sports segment, "I've never seen fighting in a hockey match before. That was fascinating."

Schatz, who said she's seen the 2004 comedy about 30 times, told the AP that she struggled not to laugh throughout the newscast, and almost made through to the very end.

"The second he said, 'Good evening, I'm Ron Burgundy,' I lost it," she said.

According to KXMB, Ferrell's agent contacted the CBS affiliate station in May about co-hosting the newscast as part of the promotional tour for "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."

Stations sales manager Tammy Blumhagen said she's not sure why KXMB was selected for the promotion. She also noted no money exchanged hands for the opportunity.

KXMB interviewed Burgundy after the newscast, where the veteran anchorman revealed some secrets about his newscast with the 31-year-old Schatz.

"Amber, my co-anchor, she kept touching me underneath the table which I found very unprofessional and delightful at the same time," Burgundy said.

On Sunday, Burgundy traveled to Winnipeg and wore a kilt as he helped judge the Canadian curling trials, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Interviewed by Canadian broadcaster TSN, Burgundy called Winnipeg "the Paris of Canada."

"Anchorman 2" opens in theaters nationwide Dec. 18, two days earlier than the original release date scheduled by Paramount Pictures.

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