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Apple Caves Under Pressure From Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney After ‘Ted Lasso’ Joke

Season 2 of Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso has been a big hit with existing fans and new viewers. They continue the adventures of Jason Sudeikis in the titular role as he continues advancing his reputation as a former American football coach leading an English soccer club.

However, not everyone is thrilled with the various subject matters being joked about this season, namely when it comes to real-life Americans involved in overseas soccer clubs themselves. This refers, of course, to shots fired at Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator-and-star Rob McElhenney.

For those unaware, Reynolds and McElhenney, otherwise known as RR McReynolds, have recently generated waves overseas in the form of their acquisition of Wrexham AFC, one of the oldest remaining soccer clubs in the whole world.

Given that the two of them are prominent American comedians, people were initially unsure whether or not their involvement in the club was a joke. Still, time has shown that their appreciation and dedication to Wrexham is anything but, even as far as creating a new FX original series about the whole process. Denouncing the name “soccer” and calling his ownership the role of a lifetime, Reynolds gave more insight on the duo’s acquisition to Sky News.

In Episode 5 of Ted Lasso season 2, the character Higgins, played by Jeremy Swift, proclaims in a scene that he received a phone call from Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, but that he didn’t respond because he couldn’t tell whether or not they were serious. Obviously, this was a dig at how sports fans, fans of Wrexham AFC, and fans of the actors responded to the news of their acquisition. While plenty of fans loved the parallel between the show’s premise and real-life events, Reynolds and McElhenney decided to take the response a step further by penning their own message to Apple.

Some were concerned that the outrage the two broadcast on social media was genuine and might even affect the show somehow. Still, luckily it quickly became clear that their response channeled their iconic comedy more than their serious business moves.

In response to Higgins’ joke scene, the joint letter from the two shared on Reynolds’ Twitter reads: “While we hold the incomparable Jeremy Swift in no ill regard and are honored to be mentioned on the platform that brought us high-quality programming ranging from Mythic Quest season one to Mythic Quest season two, we must insist that you cease and desist,” going on to request that Apple must send two large boxes of Ted Lasso’s favorite biscuits to the Wrexham AFC stadium before the start of the season. TooFab‘s article on the story goes further in depth on Apple’s response and the scene from the show.

It didn’t take very long for Apple to respond, proclaiming that the biscuits were indeed on the way. All in all, both parties involved turned the situation from a simple joke into a great way to promote the show and Wrexham AFC. Reynolds and McElhenney admitted that they were far from experienced in sports management when they acquired the team, but much like Ted Lasso himself, they’ve grown into the role and the community that comes with it. Catch new episodes of Ted Lasso only on Apple TV+ on Fridays.

Related: ‘Ted Lasso’ Initially ‘Terrified’ Keeley Jones Actor Juno Temple



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