Jason Sudeikis is slammed for preaching about mental health at the White House – after his ex-fiancée Olivia Wilde was publicly humiliated when his lawyer served her custody papers as she was on stage at film convention
- Jason Sudeikis faces criticism for discussing mental health after his lawyers served ex-fiance Olivia Wilde with custody papers in a publicly humiliating way
- Sudeikis and Ted Lasso cast members met with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to discuss the role of mental health in overall well-being
- His words of encouragement seemed at odds with the manner in which Wilde was served legal documents during a live presentation at the 2022 CinemaCon
Jason Sudeikis is coming under fire for preaching about mental health less than a year after publicly humiliating his ex-fiancée Olivia Wilde by having his lawyers serve her custody papers while on stage in front of industry executives.
Sudeikis, 47, along with other Ted Lasso cast members, were meeting with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to talk about how mental health contributes to overall well-being.
The comedian said he wanted to encourage people, even in politically divided Washington DC, to make it a point to check in often with friends, family and co-workers to ‘ask how they’re doing, and listen, sincerely.’
His caring words appeared directly counter the actions of his own legal team who served Wilde with papers in April 2022 while presenting live on stage at the 2022 CinemaCon.
The 38-year-old actress was in the middle of a presentation for 4,100 film industry executives about last year’s thriller Don’t Worry Darling when she received the legal documents.
Jason Sudeikis faces criticism for discussing mental health after his lawyers served ex-fiance Olivia Wilde with custody papers in a publicly humiliating way
His words of encouragement seemed at odds with the manner in which his ex Olivia Wilde was served legal documents during a live presentation at the April 2022 CinemaCon
Wilde called the incident ‘an attack on her workplace’, but said she was not surprised at it happening because there was a ‘reason’ she ended her relationship with Sudeikis.
In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com, she argued that the decision to serve her onstage in front of an audience was a clear bid to ‘threaten’ and ’embarrass’ her.
Sudeikis has since claimed he did not know Wilde would be served the papers in such a public and humiliating way.
Wilde stated that: ‘Jason’s actions were clearly intended to threaten me and catch me off guard. He could have served me discreetly, but instead he chose to serve me in the most aggressive manner possible.
‘The fact that Jason would embarrass me professionally and put our personal conflict on public display in this manner is extremely contrary to our children’s best interests.’
Sudeikis and Ted Lasso cast members met with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden to discuss the role of mental health in overall well-being
Many on Twitter on Monday questioned whether Sudeikis was the right person to deliver such a sensitive message regarding mental health
Sudeikis later responded, apologizing by saying that he was ‘very, very sorry’ and that he ‘deeply regretted’ the manner in which she was served. His response detailed the reason for his contesting the children’s previously agreed on custody arrangement.
A source told Variety at the time: ‘Papers were drawn up to establish jurisdiction relating to the children of Ms. Wilde and Mr. Sudeikis.
‘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.’
Nevertheless, it led many on Twitter on Monday to question whether Sudeikis was in fact the right person to deliver such a sensitive message regarding mental health.
‘Didn’t he have his wife served custody papers in front of a live audience to embarrass her?’ asked one Twitter user.
‘He subpoenaed his girlfriend PUBLICLY!’ wrote another outraged user.
‘Joe Biden wow thank you for having these experts come in to discuss,’ posted Peter, sarcastically.
‘Who cares what an actor thinks?’ asked Orville Alloway.
‘Wouldn’t a meeting with true mental health experts and medical personnel be more imperative than a celebrity photo op speaking to the press corps??’ David Strickhouser pointed out.
The former couple’s custody battle took a turn for the bitter when Wilde was served with legal papers while on-stage at an event in front of 4,000 industry insiders last April
Sudeikis and Wilde started dating in 2011 and ended their relationship in November 2020.
They waged an ugly custody battle over their children that overlapped with Wilde’s relationship with Harry Styles, 29.
Sudeikis filed suit against his ex in New York City Family Court in October 2021 with the dispute largely revolving around where their children would live.
While he wanted them to live in Brooklyn, Wilde was hoping to have them stay in Los Angeles and possibly relocate to London, where her then-boyfriend Styles was living before they split last November.
In a legal filing signed last August, a judge ruled ‘New York was not the home state of the subject children’ and that rather ‘California was the children’s home state.’
The couple recently have been more amicable and are now said to be on good terms as they co-parent their children.
The adorable family were loved up at the Harlem Globetrotter’s game in February 2020
Mental health and looking after one another is a theme of Ted Lasso, Sudeikis told reporters from the lectern as he helped press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre open her daily White House briefing.
The Emmy-winning, feel-good show on Apple TV+ just opened its third season.
‘While it’s easier said than done, we also have to know that we shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help ourselves,’ Sudeikis said. ‘That does take a lot, especially when it´s something that has such a negative stigma to it, such as mental health and it doesn´t need to be that way.
‘And if you can ask for that help from a professional, fantastic,’ he continued. ‘If it needs to be a loved one, equally as good, in a lot of ways.’
Mental health is part of Biden’s bipartisan ‘unity agenda.’
He has called on lawmakers to direct more resources toward fighting what some say is a crisis, and the administration has surged funding to bolster a new 988 suicide and crisis line and put more mental-health professionals in schools.
President Joe Biden tweeted a photo with Jill Biden, Jason Sudeikis and the cast of Ted Lasso. ‘Had a wide-ranging discussion about the importance of mental health with some folks from an English soccer team,’ he wrote
President Biden stuck a sign above the door to the Oval Office with the word ‘Believe’ written, in a direct reference from the television show
Sudeikis said there should be no stigma attached to reaching out for help because everyone knows someone who has needed a shoulder to lean on, or has been that person themselves.
‘No matter who you are, no matter where you live, no matter who you voted for, we all probably, I assume, we all know someone who has, or have been that someone ourselves actually, that´s struggled, that´s felt isolated, that’s felt anxious, that has felt alone,’ he said.
‘It’s actually one of the many things, believe it or not, that we all have in common as human beings,’ Sudeikis continued. ‘That means it’s something that we can all, you know, and should, talk about with one another when we´re feeling that way or when we recognize that in someone feeling that way.’
He issued a special appeal for people in the nation’s capital.
‘I know in this town a lot of folks don’t always agree, right, and don´t always feel heard, seen, listened to,’ Sudeikis said. ‘But I truly believe we should all do our best to help take care of each other. That´s my own personal belief. I think that´s something that everyone up here on stage believes in.’
The Bidens have seen some of Ted Lasso and are familiar with its messages of hope and kindness, according to the White House.
Ted Lasso won Emmys in 2022 and 2021 for best comedy, best lead actor in a comedy for Sudeikis and best supporting actor
Biden on Sunday tweeted a photo of the Oval Office with a sign reading ‘BELIEVE’ taped above the door – a reference to Lasso’s mantra.
Joining Sudeikis at the daily briefing were cast members Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt and Toheeb Jimoh. The group was given a tour of the president’s private living quarters, a White House official said.
As he left the briefing room, Sudeikis was asked if he would do the Joe Biden impression he used to do on Saturday Night Live,’but he declined, saying that ‘they got the real one here now.’
Ted Lasso won Emmys in 2022 and 2021 for best comedy, best lead actor in a comedy for Sudeikis and best supporting actor in a comedy for Brett Goldstein, among other wins.
After winning in 2021, Sudeikis said the show was about family, mentors and teachers, and teammates.
‘And I wouldn’t be here without those three things in my life,’ he said.
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