Thursday, June 13, 2024

Second Biggest Hollywood Slap of the Month: “Ted Lasso” Actor Serves Olivia Wilde with Custody Papers in Public (UPDATED)


Slap! A figurative slap in the face for actress-director Olivia Wilde.

It’s the second biggest Hollywood slap of the Month.

Deadline and other onlookers report that while Wilde was presenting the trailer for her new movie on stage at Cinema Con in Las Vegas, a process server walked down the aisle and served her with papers. Wilde reportedly accepted them, saying, “Is this for me?”

The papers were from ex-lover and baby daddy Jason Sudeikis, Emmy winning star of “Ted Lasso.” They are thought to be custody papers.

Wilde and Sudeikis, who have two kids, a boy and a girl, split last year. She started dating much younger pop star Harry Styles, who reportedly moved into her house. Styles stars in Wilde’s next directed film, “Don’t Worry Darling,” with Florence Pugh.

This is good stuff, right? Was there no other way to serve Wilde but in public and during her presentation? We thought Ted Lasso was the ultimate good guy. But maybe he had enough of Styles hanging out in Olivia’s House. Styles’ new album is called “Harry’s House,” you know.

What are the issues? Who knows? But “Ted Lasso” films in London. Maybe Sudeikis wants the kids with him in Blimey.

Wilde’s real last name is Cockburn, pronounced Coh-burn. Her parents are well known writers Alexander and Leslie Cockburn. Olivia was raised in tony Georgetown, Washington DC. She took the last name from Oscar Wilde.

Frankly the whole thing is pretty Wild!


Variety quotes an unnamed source, which means a publicist for Sudeikis. It’s not in the realm of believability but here it is: “Papers were drawn up to establish jurisdiction relating to the children of Ms. Wilde and Mr. Sudeikis,” the source said. “Mr. Sudeikis had no prior knowledge of the time or place that the envelope would have been delivered as this would solely be up to the process service company involved and he would never condone her being served in such an inappropriate manner.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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