Ron Burgundy Goes All in on ‘Ted Cruz Is the Zodiac Killer’ Theory

Boy, that escalated quickly

Last Updated: February 7, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

“Anchorman” hero Ron Burgundy has a new podcast, and used his new platform Thursday to embrace the internet theory that Sen. Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer.

Cruz is not, of course, the Zodiac Killer. But that didn’t stop Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell) from reciting what he’d seen on the internet as fact, and repeating it as unquestioningly as he would the words on a teleprompter.

You can listen to “The Ron Burgundy Podcast” here. In the first episode, Burgundy embraces the true-crime podcast fad you’ve probably heard about, and explores the Zodiac Killer case. (The meme that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer is born of the fact that the killer has never been identified and that many people hate Ted Cruz.)

“This one is called the Zodiac Killer,” Burgundy explains. “A serial killer who taunted the press with bizarre codes that looked like little hipster tattoos. Interesting background for the Zodiac Killer: He was raised in Houston, Texas and he actually attended Princeton and then Harvard Law…  and is now working as a senator in Texas.” There’s more, but you should listen.

Burgundy’s producer — and later a forensic psychologist who drops by the show — try to explain to Burgundy that there is no way Cruz is the Zodiac Killer. But Burgundy blusters on, convinced.

Even Cruz has gotten in on the Zodiac Killer joke, tweeting out a Halloween message last year that looked like one of those hipster tattoos.

This is not the first time Cruz and Burgundy have crossed paths. In January 2017, Deadspin asked fans to submit proof that Cruz plays basketball. The Republican senator responded with a picture of himself, playing basketball, and asked: “What do I win?”

Deadspin cheerlessly replied, “Go eat s—.”

Cruz responded with a GIF of Ron Burgundy’s timeless “Anchorman” quote: “Boy, that escalated quickly.”

If Cruz keeps this up, maybe people will hate him less.

“The Ron Burgundy Podcast” is co-produced by iHeartRadio and Funny Or Die.