Emmys 2021: Had Jason Sudeikis Won an Emmy Before ‘Ted Lasso’?

Ted Lasso has wormed its way into the hearts of people around the world. And at the 2021 Emmys, the Apple TV+ show won seven awards. Jason Sudeikis — who is the star, head writer, and executive producer of the show — took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Had he won any Emmys before Ted Lasso?

Jason Sudeikis, winner of the 2021 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for 'Ted Lasso,' poses in the press room with his award.
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‘Ted Lasso’ wins 7 Emmy Awards

Ted Lasso received 20 Emmy nominations and ended up taking home seven awards. As a whole, the show won the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Hannah Waddingham won her first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. And Brett Goldstein also won his first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

In addition, the show won Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation. And, of course, Sudeikis took home his award for lead actor.

How many Emmys has Jason Sudeikis won before ‘Ted Lasso’?

Sudeikis first broke onto the comedy scene in Saturday Night Live in 2003 as a writer. In 2005, he got a chance to be one of the featured comedians on the show. He went on to start his film career in 2007 with roles in Watching the DetectivesThe Ten, and Meet Bill. In 2013, he left SNL but has still made a few appearances on the show since then. Before Ted Lasso, he was most known for his starring roles in Horrible Bosses, Hall Pass, We’re the Millers, and The Book of Love.

Despite his long career and stint on Saturday Night Live, this was Sudeikis’ first Emmy win.

“I would say that this show is about family, this show is about mentors and teachers, this show is about teammates, and I wouldn’t be here without those three things in my life,” he said in his acceptance speech.

He continued: “I want to thank my teammates that helped make this show: Brendan [Hunt] and Joe [Kelly], first and foremost, from the get-go Bill [Lawrence]. I want to thank our incredible writing staff. I want to thank our incredible directors. I want to thank my incredible cast. Look, I’m only as good as you guys make me look, so really it means the world to me to be up here and just be a mirror of what you guys give to me, and we just reflect back and forth on each other.”

How Jason Sudeikis developed the character Ted

People who hadn’t watched Ted Lasso before the Emmys are likely wondering what all the hype is about. Ted Lasso follows the show’s namesake character, Ted Lasso, as he moves to England to coach a football club. The show is unassumingly heartwarming and finds a way to do each of its characters justice.

The character Ted is an amalgamation of the people in Sudeikis’ life.

“It was based on a few people: my father, that’s where the mustache comes from and him being real loquacious,” Sudeikis said on TODAY. “And then, my high school basketball coach, Donny Campbell — a fellow from a small town in Kansas who spoke in those little aphorisms, like ‘Sudeikis, you look more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.’”

Ted Lasso has already been renewed for a third season.

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