It was rumoured that a major female pop star was set to announce her comeback on Thursday after booking out major late-night shows.
But it turns out that was actor Will Ferrell, who appeared on a number of late-night shows to talk Anchorman – not pop comebacks.
The actor appeared on a number of late night shows as Anchorman character Ron Burgundy to promote the second season of his Ron Burgundy podcast.
The well-loved fictional San Diego newscaster’s routine was the same for each appearance: a stand-up portion and an interview with a late-night host.
He appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with the host introducing him as the ‘legendary broadcaster’ where he joked about The Beatles, Donald Trump and the biggest story of 2019 – the ‘Ferris Bueller Report,’ a play on Robert Mueller’s report into possible Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.
‘No collusion, definitely obstruction,’ Ferrell said in the late night appearances. ‘And the fact that you select a fictional movie character to investigate the president is way beyond my pay grade.’
He jumped from topic-to-topic in quick succession, and at one point asked the audience if they watched pornography.
‘Dating is hard,’ the comedian lamented, and talked about his lack of luck with dating apps.
‘Apparently there’s only one woman who’s an exact match. She lives in Borneo. Her name is Filacca Kikkatta.’
He ‘cannot make this stuff up,’ he said, adding ‘But I did. I made that up for your entertainment!’
Weed smokers were also on his funny list, and he impersonated Jack Nicholson and Jimmy Stewart in a bit about visiting a weed dispensary. ‘Next week you can catch me at the San Antonio Pizza Hut. Not sure they do stand-up comedy there but I’m going to try!’
Following his bit on Kimmel, the 52-year-old was revealed to be the ‘mystery guest’ on other shows including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
He was also scheduled to appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden and Late Night With Seth Myers.
A report from website Popcravenews suggested a major pop star was planning to announce a comeback on Thursday via the late night shows, and people speculated that it might be Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga or Selena Gomez.
The website told its followers on social media: ‘A big female pop star has booked all major late night shows for an unprecedented TV takeover on Thursday, August 8’ – next to a silhouetted photo of the singer.’
Clearly, that wasn’t the case.
On the plus side, season two of Ferrell’s podcast will feature Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris.