Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney demand biscuits over 'Ted Lasso' joke

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited August 2021
Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have mockingly "complained" about a joke on Apple TV+ show "Ted Lasso," demanding biscuits as compensation.




The highly-popular "Ted Lasso" is in the middle of its second season on Apple TV+, with the most recent episode "Rainbow" posted to the streaming service on Friday. By Saturday, it appears that word of one of the jokes from the show reached two big names in Hollywood.

Ryan Reynolds, known for "Deadpool" and "Free Guy," and Rob McElhenney of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," posted an image to Twitter on Monday that apparently complained about the show. However, the complaint appears not to be serious in nature.

The Ted Lasso joke involved the character "Higgins," played by Jeremy Swifts, questioning the purchase of Welsh soccer team Wrexham AFC in 2020 by Reynolds and McElhenney. In the show, Higgins comments he "can't tell if them buying the club is a joke or not."

The purchase of Wrexham AFC by the pair did take place, with the acquisition of the football club featured in a documentary series titled "Welcome To Wrexham."

The tweets by Reynolds and McElhenney, reported by Deadline, consisted of the same image, taking the form of a letter to Apple TV+. While the pair "hold the incomparable Jeremy Swift in no ill regard," and say they are "honored to be mentioned on the platform that's brought us high-quality programming ranging from Mythic Quest season one to Mythic Quest season two," the pair still mockingly object to the joke.

Mythic Quest, which airs on Apple TV+, stars and is co-created by McElhenney.



"We must insist that you cease and desist from the casting of any doubt regarding our commitment to the club, the fans, and the entire Wrexham community," the letter continues.

To erase any doubt about the letter being a bit of fun between the actors and the service, the letter demands that "2 LARGE boxes of Ted Lasso's biscuits" be sent to the Racecourse Ground, the home stadium of the team, to avoid any "legal action."

Ted Lasso's "Secret Shortbread" is a running joke from the show, with the often-referenced prop jokingly featured in the credits of Apple's "Spring Loaded" event in April. While purposefully cut off, online sleuths managed to uncover what they thought was the full recipe a short time after the event concluded.

The Apple TV+ Twitter account responded to the letter, stating "We like our high-profile celebrity arbitration just like Roy Kent: hard packaging on the outside, but soft goodness on the inside. Biscuits are on their way."

The award-winning show has been a massive success for Apple TV+. The second season's premiere broke the service's viewing record, according to Apple, with the show also thought to be increasing popularity of the service overall.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    irnchrizirnchriz Posts: 1,609member
    Brilliant.  Love this show.
  • Reply 2 of 9
    maltzmaltz Posts: 358member
    This is one of my favorite shows of all time.  Partly because it really is that good, and partly because of it's timing in my life.  (I'm not going through a divorce or anything like that, but this is a show that can be inspirational in many different ways.)  I was a latecomer, though, just starting to watch it this past June.  It sounded like a good concept when I first heard about it, but I was skeptical that they could get a whole show from the "American football coach goes to England to coach a sport he's completely ignorant of" gag.  There are no shortage of shows have a genuinely hilarious core joke, but it runs out of steam pretty fast, and I was afraid this was one of them.  Or that it would be too sappy and saccharine.  Instead, it turned out to just be a great, feel-good show that really isn't even that much about the sport itself.  It's also one of the incredibly rare shows where every single character is likable and relatable in their own way, and it didn't even take a season or two to gel - the show is firing on all cylinders starting with the very first episode.  I really can't recommend it enough.

    (This review is, sadly, not sponsored by biscuits...)

    edited August 2021 kurai_kageStrangeDays
  • Reply 3 of 9
    hmlongcohmlongco Posts: 422member
    My only criticism of the show is that it's tied to Apple TV+.

    More people need to see it.
  • Reply 4 of 9
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,073member
    hmlongco said:
    My only criticism of the show is that it's tied to Apple TV+.

    More people need to see it.

    Tell more people about Apple TV+!
  • Reply 5 of 9
    XedXed Posts: 1,582member
    I wouldn't worry about Apple TV+. While they aren't buying up a half century of old content to make it seem like the monthly expense is worthwhile they are producing more and more excellent content. This will draw in more customers which will in turn draw in more customers so long as they keep providing high quality, original content. I have faith in Apple's ability to build momentum carefully with Apple TV+.
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 6 of 9
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 12,313member
    Xed said:
    I wouldn't worry about Apple TV+. While they aren't buying up a half century of old content to make it seem like the monthly expense is worthwhile they are producing more and more excellent content. This will draw in more customers which will in turn draw in more customers so long as they keep providing high quality, original content. I have faith in Apple's ability to build momentum carefully with Apple TV+.
    Yup. It already has more relevant (to me) content than Showtime or Cinemax. Remember those? And for less per month. 
  • Reply 7 of 9
    XedXed Posts: 1,582member
    Xed said:
    I wouldn't worry about Apple TV+. While they aren't buying up a half century of old content to make it seem like the monthly expense is worthwhile they are producing more and more excellent content. This will draw in more customers which will in turn draw in more customers so long as they keep providing high quality, original content. I have faith in Apple's ability to build momentum carefully with Apple TV+.
    Yup. It already has more relevant (to me) content than Showtime or Cinemax. Remember those? And for less per month. 
    Cinemax stopped doing original programming. HBO MAX picked up Warrior from Cinemax to play the old stuff and make more seasons. If I remember correctly, it's a series that Bruce Lee conceived, and his daughter brought to Cinemax, which is made by the show runner of Cinemax's Banshee. The fight scenes are pretty epic and the story is solid.
  • Reply 8 of 9
    My take from this story:
    Ryan actually has some sense of humor. Is he trying to elbow his way into the show?
  • Reply 9 of 9
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 17,926member
     I just love every character on the show… Roy Kent is the best.   
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