“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,” the character said in an “official” statement. “I am also broke. Therefore, I am very excited to do this podcast. It is literally saving my life.”
Burgundy tried his hand at a local news network (in 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) and a 24-hour global news network (2013’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues). Now it’s time for The Ron Burgundy Podcast.
iHeartRadio and Funny or Die, which are co-producing the project, greenlit the audio series for two seasons with 12 episodes each. The jokey press release continued with a statement from iHeartPodcast Network President Conal Byrne, who claimed “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.”
“By the way,” Burgundy added, “if iHeartRadio says that I harassed them into making a podcast, it is a lie!! A boldface lie!! Did I call them one hundred times in one day? Yes! But that’s called persistence! I have filed suit against iHeartRadio for these salacious claims. I will be representing myself legally, since I currently do not have enough money to hire an attorney.”
The news was first announced in an exchange between the iconic newsman with a fondness for jazz flute and CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday.
Appearing to spoof the situation with Jim Acosta, Burgundy tweeted at Lemon, “Don’t know if you heard, but I recently had my White House press credentials pulled. 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 Kobayashi for cripes sake! Anyway, old friend, was wondering if you could do me a favor.”
“Mr. Burgundy,” Lemon wrote in response. “I gotta be honest I don’t remember ever meeting you and frankly I’m a little shocked you have White House press credentials. I know I stand for a free press and all but just not so sure you should have those credentials.”
The back-and-forth continued from there.
At least with a podcast, there are no teleprompters.