Jason Sudeikis gives a shout out to Chicago in Emmy acceptance speech

Jason Sudeikis joins his Ted Lasso castmates in receiving a personalized Sterling Vineyards Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon after his award win at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards

Our predictions on Reel 360 became a reality as Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso, one of the most hilarious shows on television, took home seven Emmys after being nominated for an impressive 20 awards. The series won best comedy after Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein all scored acting accolades.

This broke the record for most nominations for a comedy series in their first season, previously set by Glee in 2010.

Jason Sudeikis, who plays the lead role about a fun loving American football coach hired to run a British soccer team with his faithful assistant Coach Beard (played by Chicagoan, Brendan Hunt), won the Emmy for outstanding actor in a comedy series.

“This show is about family, this show is about mentors and teachers, this show is about teammates,” Sudeikis said before offering a plethora of thank you’s to his loved ones and co-stars. 

“And I wouldn’t be here without those three things in my life,” he said. “I am 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 reflect back and forth on each other.” 

Jason Sedeikis gives thanks to his “mentors and teachers” in Chicago

During his Emmy acceptance speech, Sudeikis gave shout outs to a local teacher and three Chicago theaters where he performed early in his career.

“I want to thank people like Mick Napier, the folks at Second City, iO and the Annoyance.”

The win was the first acting Emmy for Sudeikis, who is also an executive producer on the much loved series.  The former Saturday Night Live actor also tried to thank that show’s mastermind Lorne Michaels but found he was missing from his seat.

“I want to thank Lorne, who went to go take a dump, now, perfect,” Sudeikis quipped. “He’s gonna get home, he’s gonna watch it, he loves watching the Emmys at home. It’s fine!”

In the virtual pressroom, Michaels alluded to the fact that Sudeikis will be returning to the show. “He’ll be coming back soon to SNL, so I’m very happy about that as well.”

Sudeikis said that his fellow cast members were all booked at the same Los Angeles hotel. “So we will go to our individual rooms with our masks on. And we’re going to Zoom the hell out of each other!”

Sudeikis is still a big fan of Chicago baseball –earlier this summer, he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game against the St. Louis Cardinals with son Otis, 7, and daughter Daisy, 4, who he co-parents with ex Olivia Wilde.

Somehow Sudeikis also has the time to be a part of HBO Max’s Batman: The Audio Adventures, which just started streaming on the network. 

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