Brett Goldstein Wants to ‘Wrestle’ His ‘Ted Lasso’ Co-Stars on Emmy Night

The Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso is the breakout program of the pandemic era. The honey-sweet show stars Jason Sudeikis as an American football coach who moves to England to coach professional soccer despite a complete lack of experience. The show, which has already collected a number of awards, is now poised to sweep at the Emmys. Brett Goldstein, who plays the irritable Roy Kent, commented on the show’s many nominations. 

Brett Goldstein in a black suit in front of a 'Ted Lasso' sign.
Brett Goldstein | Emma McIntyre/WireImage

Acclaim for ‘Ted Lasso’

The first season of Ted Lasso premiered in August 2020 to critical acclaim. Sudeikis stars as the titular character and is also the show’s co-creator and writer. Released in the first summer of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the show’s unfailing warmth and optimism drew in viewers. Of course, the strong team of writers and actors helped too. Critics and audiences alike were charmed by the show. 

“I am here to tell you that Ted Lasso the show is just f—ing delightful,” Maureen Ryan wrote in Vanity Fair. “It’s not only an entertaining antidote to craptacular 2020, it also provides the kind of energy and ideas we should absolutely bring into 2021.”

Jen Chaney wrote in Vulture“Ted Lasso is one of those shows where every ingredient comes together but, like the performances by Sudeikis and so many of the other actors, seems so effortless that you don’t notice at first how many instruments are playing in harmony.”

Brett Goldstein reacted to the cast’s Emmy nominations

Ted Lasso Season 1 received 20 Emmy nominations, a record for the first season of a comedy. These nominations include Sudeikis for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series and the overall prize of Outstanding Comedy Series. 

The Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series is the most stacked category for the show. Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, and Jeremy Swift make up four of the eight nominees. 

Goldstein, a series favorite, spoke about the nominations as a guest on the podcast Keep It.

“On the one hand, it’s beautiful that we’re all nominated together because it feels very Ted Lasso that we’re nominated as a team. It feels like that is the right way, and, if I’m honest, I wouldn’t have felt comfortable if one of us was nominated without the others,” he said. 

Despite his excitement to be nominated alongside his on-screen teammates, Goldstein joked that they needed to determine the winner one way or another.

“I do plan to wrestle them on Emmy night, and whoever wins can go up to the podium,” he said. “I realize none of us might win, but either way, whoever wins in the wrestle is the true winner.” 

How to watch ‘Ted Lasso’

The second season of Ted Lasso is currently underway. The show airs every Friday on the Apple TV+ streaming service until the season finale on Oct. 8. With 12 episodes, the second season is slightly longer than the first.


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Fans can also revisit the first season of Ted Lasso, which is available exclusively on the Apple TV+ streaming service.