A collaboration for the ages. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have produced tons of comedy classics collectively, however their partnership — and their friendship — got here to a halt in 2019.

The duo first related whereas working at Saturday Night Live within the mid-1990s. Ferrell joined the present as a forged member in September 1995 for the sequence’ 21st season, whereas McKay got here on board as a author.

The Large Quick director initially auditioned for an onscreen position on the long-running NBC selection present, however he was supplied a job as a author as an alternative. He grew to become head author at age 27 inside one 12 months of becoming a member of the crew.

Ferrell, in the meantime, became one of SNL‘s biggest stars of all time, showing in traditional sketches the place he performed characters together with Alex Trebek and Craig the Spartan cheerleader. After he left the present in 2002, he reunited with McKay, who’d left the earlier 12 months, to work on characteristic movies.

Their first challenge collectively was 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, which became an instant hit with its quotable lines and hilarious forged. The film was so beloved by followers that the duo determined to make a sequel practically a decade later.

“Wherever we have been on this planet, no matter we have been selling, the final spherical of the interview was all the time, ‘Can I ask you a couple of questions on Anchorman? Will there ever be a sequel?'” Ferrell informed The Guardian in December 2013, explaining why the manufacturing companions decided to make 2013’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. “So, finally Adam and I have been like, ‘Why not? We love this character.'”

Over the following six years, nevertheless, their prolific partnership got here to a halt. In April 2019, the pair determined to dissolve their firm, Gary Sanchez Productions, after practically 15 years, asserting that each one initiatives in manufacturing on the time can be accomplished.

Six months later, McKay struck out on his personal with Hyperobject Industries, whereas Ferrell proceeded with Gloria Sanchez Productions, which was initially spun off from Gary Sanchez to provide female-focused work.

In October 2021, the Blades of Glory star defined that one purpose for the break up was his former associate’s ambition to continue to grow Gary Sanchez right into a Hollywood empire. “Adam was like, ‘I wish to do that, and this, and this’; he needed development and a sphere of affect, and I used to be identical to, ‘I don’t know, that feels like rather a lot that I've to maintain monitor of,’” Ferrell informed The Hollywood Reporter on the time. “To me, the potential of seeing a billboard, and being like, ‘Oh, we’re producing that?’ I don’t know. … On the finish of the day, we simply have totally different quantities of bandwidth.”

Hold scrolling for a glance again at McKay and Ferrell’s ups and downs through the years:

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