American comedy Ted Lasso pokes fun at Welsh independence and Wrexham takeover

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Ted Lasso, photo by Apple TV +

An episode of an American comedy mocked the takeover by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney of the Wrexham AFC and the Welsh independence movement.

Ted lasso on Apple TV + follows the titular coach who is unexpectedly recruited to coach English Premier League side AFC Richmond, despite having no experience in association football.

In the latest episode “Rainbow,” released Friday, Higgins’ character, played by Jeremy Swifts, joked that he “can’t say whether buying the club is a joke or not,” referring to Ryan. Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s takeover of Wrexham.

In another scene, one of AFC Richmond’s players, Welshman Colin Hughes, is invited to use social media. When he agrees to post on Instagram, he is told: “Do you think you can make that one post not about Welsh independence?”

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney then responded to the joke about them on the show, both sharing tweets on Saturday with a letter jokingly threatening legal action against Apple TV +.

The cast demanded that “2 big boxes of Ted Lasso cookies” be sent to the club before the season kicks off this weekend “to avoid legal action.”

“It was brought 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’,” they wrote.

“While we have no low regard for the incomparable Jeremy Swift and we are honored to be mentioned on the platform which has brought us high quality programming spanning Mythic Quest Season 1 to Season 1. 2 of Mythic Quest, we must insist that you cease and desist from casting any doubt on our commitment to the club, the fans and the entire Wrexham community.

McElhenney co-created and stars in Mythic Quest, which also airs on Apple TV +.

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