02/12/2013 09:09 am ET

Paul Rudd On 'Anchorman 2': Actor Found Out About Sequel By Watching 'Conan'

Paul Rudd may have been one of the key stars in "Anchorman," but he had to wait to hear the news of "Anchorman 2" just like the rest of us.

"When it was announced, we didn't even really know," Rudd said in an interview with Digital Spy (shown above). "Will Ferrell was on a talk show as Ron Burgundy, and I just remember the day before, I got the message: 'You gotta watch Conan tomorrow night.' That was how I found out."

Ferrell surprised viewers in March of 2012 when he appeared on Conan O'Brien's talk show as his "Anchorman" character Ron Burgundy. Ferrell played a little jazz flute before announcing, "As of oh-nine-hundred hours Mountain Time, Paramount Pictures and myself, Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy, have come to terms on a sequel for 'Anchorman.' It is official: There will be a sequel to 'Anchorman.'"

Rudd will reprise his role of Brian Fantana in the sequel, "Anchorman: The Legend Continues." He went on to explain that at the time of the announcement, there wasn't even a script written. "A week later we all got together to shoot a teaser trailer for it and it was surreal getting back into the costume and seeing each other," Rudd said. "It was really exciting."

It was announced earlier this month that "SNL" alum Kristen Wiig will be joining the cast of "Anchorman: The Legend Continues." Christina Applegate and Steve Carell will return for the sequel as well.

"Anchorman 2," which starts shooting next month, hits theaters on Dec. 20.

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