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Serious news bumps Ron Burgundy off ‘SportsCenter’

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This 2004 file photo originally released by Paramount Pictures shows Will Ferrell as anchorman Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

BRISTOL, Conn. — 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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