On August 23 we reported on the brutal tongue-in-cheek legal battle set to break out between Apple TV+ and actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney over a joke in an episode of Ted Lasso. And now we’re back with a breaking update: the biscuits have arrived.
The Welsh football club Wrexham AFC received 50 boxes of the shortbread biscuits known to fans of Ted Lasso, local newspaper The Leader reported Thursday.
That seems likely to avert legal action, as Wrexham owners Reynolds and McElhenney had demanded the team receive just two boxes. Though they stipulated the boxes should be “LARGE.”
The sweet, buttery retribution appears likely make up for a joke on a recent Ted Lasso episode that the comedic actors — who are entirely serious about their soccer team — pretended to think called their legitimacy as owners into question.
The biscuits saga: a quick recap
In the “Rainbow” episode of Ted Lasso, the communications director for the show’s fictional AFC Richmond soccer club says to the team owner he can’t tell if actors Ryan Reynolds (Free Guy, Deadpool) and Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Game of Thrones, Mythic Quest) ownership of the Welsh football club Wrexham AFC “is a joke or not.”
That did not sit well with Reynolds and McElhenney. They fired off an amusingly semi-realistic “cease and desist” letter via Twitter. It demanded the crumbly, utterly delicious baked good be shipped off to Wrexham AFC to avoid legal action.
You can see the letter and the almost immediate capitulation on the part of Apple TV+ below. The streaming service was clearly game to play along. And we hope those 50 boxes of biscuits don’t slow down the team too much after it won its first match of the season.
Thank you so much for your reasonable arbitration request, Rob. Our team of 2,000 lawyers are furiously baking as we speak… https://t.co/GMutZqLLFr
— Apple TV (@AppleTV) August 21, 2021
Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. It provides subscribers access to a library of original TV shows and movies, including Ted Lasso, starring and executive produced by Jason Sudeikis, now in season 2.