On Tuesday, Sept. 27, at noon ET, ESPN2’s His & Hers, hosted by Jemele Hill and Michael Smith, will premiere its latest spoof Co-Anchorman: The Legend of His & Hers. An ESPN take on the popular fight scene in the film “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” will pit Hill and Smith, along with the hosts of Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio and ESPN2 – Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic – against members of rival television shows NFL Live, SportsCenter AM, E: 60 and One Nación. A trailer for the spoof can be seen here.
‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,’ released in 2004, stars Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, San Diego’s top-rated newsman in the 1970s. The fight scene depicts Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News team taking on competing news teams—the Evening News Team, Channel 2 News, the Public News Team and Spanish-language news—in an over-the-top, epic brawl.
This isn’t the first time the show has put its anchor’s acting chops to the test. This is spoof number five for the show which has previously tackled Kurtis Blow’s “Basketball” to commemorate the NBA Finals; “Coming to America” in advance of the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight; “Empire” to celebrate Halloween; and “Step Brothers” to commemorate His & Hers’ one-year anniversary.
“This particular scene has always been our white whale,” said His & Hers Coordinating Producer Ed Eck. “Ever since the first spoof, ‘Coming to America,’ we thought it would be amazing to pull together talent from across the company for one big scene. The size and scope made it a little intimidating, however, we are thrilled with how it turned out.”
Co-Anchorman—The Legend of His & Hers is narrated by Bob Ley. Additional talent featured in the spoof include: NFL Live’s Trey Wingo, Jerome Bettis and Tom Waddle; SportCenter AM’s Jaymee Sire, Kevin Negandhi, Randy Scott, Jay Harris and Sarina Morales; One Nación’s Max Bretos, Antonietta Collins and Alfredo Lomeli, and E:60’s Jeremy Schaap.
About His & Hers
His & Hers is a relationship show where sports, social commentary and pop culture meet. It explores the relationships between athletes and coaches, fans and teams, men and women, both inside and outside the sports arena. The foundation of the show is the near 20-year friendship of Michael Smith & Jemele Hill.