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The Many Layers to the Diane Sawyer Joke in 'Ted Lasso'

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 27, 2021 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 27, 2021 |


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Those of you who have seen the season premiere of Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ (which is many of you, according to the ratings), may recall this quick exchange in the episode:

[Ted enters Rebecca’s office]

Ted: Howdy, y’all.

Everyone: Ted!

Rebecca (who is making herself a drink): What would you say to a cocktail, Coach Lasso?

Ted: Oh, same thing I’d say to Diane Sawyer if she’d ever ask me out on a date, ‘Yes, please.’

Some of you may know that the all-time favorite sitcom of Ted Lasso creator, Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) is Cheers. Others of you may know that the real-life uncle of Jason Sudeikis is Cheers’ regular, George Wendt. What many of you might not know, however, is that the exchange above is a nod to Wendt’s character, Norm, in Cheers.

If you’re not familiar with Cheers, a 40-year-old sitcom, let’s just say that Norm was the Kramer of Cheers, for those of you more familiar with a 30-year-old sitcom, and Norm was frequently greeted by excited regulars of the bar. Norm, in turn, would always arrive with a witty retort, see, e.g., this montage of appearances, which take the same format as the Ted Lasso joke:

And if you’re wondering: Diane Sawyer would love to go on that date.

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