Taking the biscuit? American comedy show sends peace offering to Wrexham AFC
An American comedy show has sent a peace offering to Wrexham AFC in the form of 50 boxes of biscuits.
Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ had poked fun both at Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s takeover of the club, as well as the Welsh independence movement.
The Hollywood duo fired back with a joke letter demanding “2 large boxes of Ted Lasso’s biscuits” to be sent to the club “to avoid legal action”.
The club has now confirmed that legal action has thankfully been avoided, tweeting: “A man of his word, thanks @TedLasso! Better late than never, 50 boxes of forgiveness are gratefully accepted.
It added: “P.s, tell Colin, mae’r ddraig Gymreig yn gryf ynddo!” which means “the Welsh dragon is strong in him”.
The show follows the titular coach who is unexpectedly recruited to coach an English Premier League team, AFC Richmond, despite having no experience in association football.
In a recent episode ‘Rainbow,’ the character Higgins, played by Jeremy Swifts, quipped he “can’t tell if them buying the club is a joke or not,” referring to Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s Wrexham takeover.
In another scene, one of the players for AFC Richmond, Welshman Colin Hughes, is urged to use social media. When he agrees to post to Instagram, he is told: “Do you think you can make this one post not about Welsh independence?”
— Richard Martin (@mimosacymru) August 21, 2021
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney later responded to the joke about them on the series, both sharing tweets on Saturday with a letter jokingly threatening legal action against Apple TV+.
‘Come to our attention’
In their letter they wrote: “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.”
McElhenney co-created and stars in Mythic Quest, which also streams on Apple TV+.