Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney demand edible compensation over a 'Ted Lasso' joke about their ownership of Wrexham AFC

Rob Mcelhenney Wrexham Shirt
Rob Mcelhenney Wrexham Shirt (Image credit: Rob McElhenney)

What you need to know

  • A recent episode of Apple TV+ hit Ted Lasso saw the show make fun of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney over their ownership of Welsh football club Wrexham AFC.
  • The pair took to Twitter to demand compensation — in the form of Lasso's famous biscuits.

Actors and all-around nice guys Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have taken to Twitter to condemn a scandalous joke made during a recent episode of Ted Lasso that involved mocking their ownership of Welsh football club Wrexham AFC. But they did at least give Apple TV+ a way to avoid legal action.

The joke that caused the kerfuffle saw Higgins, played by Jeremy Swifts, suggest that the pair might have bought Wrexham as a joke. That, we're told, isn't the case at all. And both Reynolds and Rob McElhenney want to be compensated for the no doubt considerable offense caused by the joke.

A letter sent to Apple TV+ reads:

Dear Apple TV+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. To avoid legal action please send 2 LARGE boxes of Ted Lasso's biscuits to the Racecourse Ground, Mold Rd. Wrexham LL11 2AH, United Kingdom before the Wrexham AFC season begins on Saturday, August 21st at 3pm.Believe! Rob & Ryan

It remains to be seen whether this war of words will escalate or not, but it's thought that the Wrexham AFC lawyers are already warming their Parker pens in preparation for a lawsuit. Hopefully they'll be taking in the latest episode of Ted Lasso while they await instruction!

If you want to enjoy Ted Lasso in style, be sure to check out our list of the Best Apple TV deals on the market today. They probably won't do you much good in Wales, though.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.