Update 2: The rumors were true: Will Ferrell was the special guest on the August 8 late-night talk shows. He appeared in-character as Ron Burgundy to promote the new season of his podcast.
Update: Earlier this week, a tentative listing said Will Ferrell would be appearing on the August 8 “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” His name was quickly removed. Astute observers, naturally, questioned why his name was pulled. Was it because he was definitely not scheduled for the episode or because the listing accidentally spoiled his involvement in the “surprise guest” campaign?
If a new report from W Magazine is to be believed, the answer is the latter. The publication says the various shows will air pre-taped footage of Will Ferrell hyping his “Ron Burgundy” podcast.
As this has not been confirmed by network sources, please treat it as a rumor.
As of Friday evening, the major late-night talk shows had all revealed their lineups for next week’s string of episodes.
Most of the lineups have one thing in common: a promise of a special guest on the August 8 episode.
CBS says that a “special guest” will appear on the August 8 “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” and “Late Late Show With James Corden.” NBC confirms a “special guest” for the August 8 “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and a “special guest TBA” for the August 8 “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” ABC lists a “special guest” for that night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
TBS, meanwhile, teases a “surprise guest” for the August 8 edition of “Conan.”
There is obviously no guarantee the shows are all referring to the same guest, but it is hard to imagine the teases not being connected in some way.
Headline Planet will share any additional details as they emerge. For now, here are the official listings for each show’s August 8 episode.
August 8 Colbert – Special Guest
August 8 Fallon – Special Guest + Lil Rel Howery + Lester Holt + musical guest Natalie Merchant
August 8 Corden – Special Guest + Josh Gad + Michaela Watkins
August 8 Meyers – Special Guest TBA + Billy Crudup + Robin Thede
August 8 Kimmel – Special Guest + Leslie Jones + musical guest MONSTA X ft. French Montana
August 8 Conan – Surprise Guest