WATCH: Ron Burgundy (a.k.a. Will Ferrell) Confirms 'Anchorman 2' Is a Go!

Ferrell's alter-ego makes an appearance on Conan to insult the host and to announce that an Anchorman sequel is in the works

Time to whip together a Manhattan with the vermouth kicked to the side with a pair of steel-toed boots, because Ron Burgundy and the gang are coming back in Anchorman 2.

Will Ferrell visited Conan in full Burgundy get-up Wednesday night to play the jazz flute, relentlessly mock Conan O'Brien (he told him to go to a plastic surgeon, point at his face and ask for a "page-one rewrite"), and -- it turns out -- to confirm that a sequel to the 2004 hit Anchorman has finally gotten the green light. Watch Ferrell-as-Burgundy's announcement below!
 

 

"I want to announce this to everyone here in the Americas, to our friends in Spain, Turkey and the U.K. -- including England -- that as of 0900 mountain time, Paramount Pictures and myself, Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy, have come to terms on a sequel to Anchorman," he declared.

The sequel has been rumored for years, but never seemed like it was actually going to get off the ground. Variety's Jeff Sneider has since announced on Twitter that much of the original film's principal cast, including Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner, would be returning for the sequel, with Adam McKay reprising his role as director and co-writer.

McKay hit Twitter in the wee hours of the morning Thursday to confirm that the project is a go. "A few people questioning if Anchorman 2 is 100% for sure happening. Let me assure and assuage: it is," he wrote. "We're writing now and we shoot in Feb."

Despite being a '70s swinger, Burgundy has also embraced social networking for the sake of the new film. Shortly after making his announcement on Conan, the beloved (fictional) news anchor took to his new Twitter account to post the following: "Hey America & Hawaii. Looks like Paramount & my lawyer Gene Tigerworthy have agreed to terms on a sequel to Anchorman. Whiskey sours on me!" Bring 'em on, Ron!

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