Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney Respond to TED LASSO Joke

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have responded to their recent Ted Lasso shout-out and they’re demanding restitution. In the form of biscuits, that is. In the most recent episode, “Rainbow,” the beloved Apple TV+ series poked fun at the actors over their ownership of the Welsh football club Wrexham AFC. And now, Reynolds and McElhenney will stop at nothing (short of biscuits) to clear their good name. (We first saw this at Entertainment Weekly.)

In the episode, AFC Richmond’s Director of Football Operations, the jovial Leslie Higgins, muses that he “can’t tell if them buying the club is a joke or not.” Which, to be fair, was definitely a sentiment shared by the masses after the pair announced their ownership. Reynolds and McElhenney shared their open letter/cease and desist on Twitter and, as expected, it’s quite funny.

In the goofy, and legally dubious, letter the pair call out the TV series and its streaming home. It’s actually a pretty efficient letter. In the space of a paragraph, they absolve Jeremy Swift of any wrongdoing, plug McElhenney’s TV series (twice), and demand some sweet snacks. Oh, and they “threaten” legal action.

Here’s the crux of the note:

“It has come to our attention that in a recent episode of Ted Lasso our very real ownership of Wrexham AFC was called into question by an otherwise beloved character named ‘Higgins.’ While we hold the incomparable Jeremy Swift in no ill regard and 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, 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.”

They close out the letter demanding two large boxes of biscuits, delivered to Wrexham AFC’s home stadium. With a pretty tight turnaround. It’s a pretty bold remark, especially considering the season one biscuits were famously bad in real life. Unfortunately, the pair didn’t specifically request the much improved season two biscuits.

Ryan Renyolds with a beard and glasses in a green shirt and brown coat next to a clean shaven Rob McElhenney in a dark shirt

Ryan Reynolds

No word as to whether the biscuits made it to Wales, presumably hand-delivered by special envoy Colin Hughes, before the August 21 deadline. As for the game itself? Wrexham AFC and Solihull Moors tied—a fitting end considering Ted Lasso‘s season two woes.

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