You had me at... howdy, y'all?
The beloved Apple TV+ comedy series Ted Lasso aired its Season 2 premiere on Friday, kicking things off with one of Coach Lasso's trademark joke responses. When AFC Richmond boss Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) asks what'd he say to post-match cocktail, the wholesome Midwesterner (Jason Sudeikis) shoots back, "Oh, the same thing I'd say to Diane Sawyer if she ever asked me out on a date: Yes, please."
Looks like a certain acclaimed broadcast journalist was watching.
On Sunday, Sawyer, 75, shared a clip of the scene, coyly responding, "Dear Ted Lasso — I'm in. Your move."
The newly divorced (but, alas, fictional) Lasso wasted no time in shooting his shot with the ABC veteran, a widow since the death of her husband, film director Mike Nichols, in 2014.
Ted Lasso fans, for one, are choosing to "believe."
Even professional grump Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) is 'shipping this one:
As for Lasso's alter ego, Sudeikis, the Emmy nominee recently opened up to GQ about being newly single following his split from longtime fiancée Olivia Wilde, with whom he shares two children, last year. (E! News also reports that he and Ted Lasso co-star Keeley Hazell have called time on their brief relationship.)
"That's an experience that you either learn from or make excuses about,” he said of his relationship with Wilde, who is now dating singer Harry Styles, ending. “You take some responsibility for it, hold yourself accountable for what you do, but then also endeavor to learn something beyond the obvious from it.”