“Anchorman” fans, brace yourselves.
Ever wonder what exactly it’s like to be at the helm of current events, delivering the news to the general public? Or how exactly that dreaded autocue teleprompter works? Or what it’s like to be the classiest news anchor San Diego has ever seen?
Well, Ron Burgundy is slated to release a memoir titled “Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life and Other Musings,” from book publisher Crown Archetype, an imprint of Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, in November.
"The list of legendary American broadcast news journalists is short: Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and, of course, Ron Burgundy," Mauro DiPreta, VP and editor-in-chief of Crown Archetype, said in the press release. "The printed page will allow Ron to tell his story in a much more intimate way. Let Me Off at the Top! will be a classic for years to come."
Ok, so it’s obviously fiction and very clearly part of the promotional campaign for the upcoming “Anchorman” sequel, “Anchorman: The Legend Continues,” in which Will Ferrell will reprise his role as the chief anchor of San Diego’s Channel 4 News team.
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Nonetheless, the book is real, and the tell-all "memoir" will “share never-before-told stories of [Burgundy's] childhood and the events that led him to choose a career in the news business," DiPreta said in his statement. "He will offer a rare glimpse behind the camera into the real life of a man many consider to be our greatest living news anchor.”
However, it is unclear whether or not Ferrell, or the movie's director, Adam McKay, will actually write the book, but the 46-year-old actor apparently wants us to believe so.
"I don't know if it's the greatest autobiography ever written," Burgundy said in the press release. "I'm too close to the work. I will tell you this much: The first time I sat down and read this thing ... I cried like a goddamn baby, and you can take that to the bank!"
The press release said the stories about Burgundy's childhood, newsroom, and his many women -- and his beloved dog, Baxter -- will be told “in his own words.” The book also boasts that it will "give sage advice on a variety of topics that matter most to him.”
If we had to guess, we assume it would be about cologne, leather-bound books and suits.
“Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life and Other Musings” will be available in print and online on Nov. 19, one month before the sequel “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” hits theaters on Dec. 20. The film will star Burgundy and reprise the entire cast of the Channel 4 news team, including Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Christina Applegate . The new film will add Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Meagan Good, Harrison Ford and many more to the cast as well.
There will also be an “Anchorman” exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., in November, which will showcase artifacts from Burgundy’s career.