Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney send witty cease and desist to AppleTV+ after rip on ‘Ted Lasso’

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney seem to have (faux) beef with AppleTV+.

On Saturday, both actors shared a witty cease and desist letter to the Apple streaming platform to highlight their objection to a joke on Ted Lasso that mocked their ownership of Wrexham AFC, a Welsh football club.

Reynolds and McElhenney purchased Wrexham AFC last year after investing US$2.5 million into the club.

In the latest Ted Lasso episode, titled “Rainbow” on Friday, the character Leslie Higgins, who Jeremy Swift plays, quipped that he’s unsure if Reynolds and McElhenney purchasing “the club is a joke or not.”

As a result, the actors and now football club owners took to social media with the funny letter that threatened to take legal action against AppleTV+, which also airs McElhenney’s video game-themed comedy Mythic Quest.

They began their letter addressing that the “beloved” Higgins questioned their “very real ownership” of the football club, but now they “must insist that you cease and desist.”

“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 wrote.

The letter included a proposal to AppleTV+ on how to rectify the situation— and it required baked goods.

The two actors explained that if Apple wants legal action to go away, they need to send “2 LARGE boxes of Ted Lasso’s biscuits” to the Wrexham AFC stadium on Saturday before 3 pm before the club’s first 2021-2022 season.

This peace offering referenced Jason Sudeikis’ portrayal of the upbeat leading character known to give biscuits to his boss in the morning to extend the olive branch.

Apple TV+ responded to the letter on its official Twitter account with the following:

Twitter onlookers took to the comments to share their thoughts on the letter and the biscuits.

This wouldn’t be the first time a Ted Lasso joke made its way into the real world.

Last month, renowned journalist Diane Sawyer shared a Ted Lasso clip when he said he would want to date Sawyer.

“Dear @TedLasso—I’m in. Your move.”

The second season of Ted Lasso airs on Fridays on Apple TV+.

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