Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis ‘had no idea’ his ex-fiancee Olivia Wilde would be served with custody papers while she was on-stage in front of 4,000 people, and has been left ‘appalled’ by the incident, which took place while the actress was giving a presentation about the movie that sparked her romance with current boyfriend Harry Styles.
The sensational moment sparked shock and outrage in Hollywood on Tuesday night, when photos emerged of a bewildered Wilde, 38, opening up a ‘personal and confidential’ manila envelope that contained jurisdiction papers pertaining to the custody of the two children she shares with Sudeikis, 46, while she was mid-way through a speech about her upcoming thriller Don’t Worry Darling.
Within minutes, the internet erupted into a ferocious debate about the incident, with some railing against Sudeikis, branding him ‘mean’ and ‘savage’ for subjecting the mother of his children to such public humiliation.
However, a source close to the former couple has now revealed that he was just as blindsided by the serving as Wilde, telling DailyMail.com exclusively that Sudeikis had ‘no idea’ the papers were being presented to her at this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas – and claiming that he was not made aware of the incident until images of her opening the envelope on stage went public.
‘Jason had no idea that this was happening,’ the insider shared. ‘Nobody knew until the photos suddenly appeared. He is appalled about the whole thing and never would have wanted Olivia to be put in this kind of situation.
‘His sole priority is their children and making sure that they are safe and happy.’
The source added that the papers in question were not actually ‘custody’ documents as widely reported, but rather jurisdiction papers, which typically determine which court will hear and decide a child custody case.
Jason Sudeikis had ‘no idea’ ex-fiancee Olivia Wilde was being served with custody papers on-stage at CinemaCon and has been left ‘appalled’ by the incident, a source told DailyMail.com. The actor is seen filming Ted Lasso in London last month
Sudeikis came under heavy criticism online after Wilde was served with the legal papers while she was on-stage in front of 4,100 industry executives discussing her new movie, which sparked her romance with Harry Styles
The 38-year-old actress was in the middle of the presentation for her film Don’t Worry Darling in Las Vegas when she received legal documents from her former partner Sudeikis, 46, who was branded ‘savage’ and ‘mean’ as a result
However an insider has spoken out to defend Sudeikis (seen with Wilde and their two children, Otis and Daisy, in 2018), insisting that he ‘never would have wanted Olivia to be put in this kind of situation’
‘Papers were drawn up to establish jurisdiction relating to the children of Ms. Wilde and Mr. Sudeikis,’ an insider explained.
‘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.’
DailyMail.com’s source confirmed that the woman who served the papers to Wilde was a Los Angeles-based process server hired by Sudeikis’ Brooklyn-based law firm in order to deliver the jurisdiction documents to her; according to the insider, the actor did not have any contact with the server, whose employment was handled entirely by his attorneys.
The source said that the actor has been left appalled and upset by the accusations being made against him in light of the incident, which saw some social media users suggesting that the move was a calculated form of revenge – however those close to him insist that is not the case.
Wilde was mid-way through a presentation about her new movie – which she directed and in which her beau Styles, 28, stars – when she was briefly interrupted by the female process server, who approached the stage from the front rows of the audience at the Vegas event and slid the manila envelope across the front of the stage toward her.
‘This is for me?’ Wilde asked, before opening the envelope and briefly reading the documents. She then continued with her presentation.
It had initially been reported that the documents were an unsolicited script sent by a fan in the hopes of receiving Wilde’s attention – however that didn’t stop furious speculation among attendees at the annual event about whether or not the envelope actually contained legal documentation.
The incident will no doubt also have raised questions about the legality of the serving and whether it was conducted in an entirely appropriate and legal manner.
Typically, the process of serving someone with legal papers must be conducted by a third party who is over the age of 18. This person can be a law officer, a friend or family member, or – as was the case with Wilde – a hired process server who is paid to deliver the legal documents in-person.
Twitter erupted in debate over the incident, with many blasting Sudeikis and calling him out for the move, with many insisting his beloved character Ted Lasso was not approve of such a ‘savage’ maneuver
The majority of social media users believe that the move was calculated, however some applauded Sudeikis, suggesting that he deserved to get revenge on Wilde after she went public with her romance with Styles so soon after their split
Rules for serving papers vary from state to state, however typically the law dictates that papers must be handed to a defendant directly – and that person usually must be informed that they are being given court papers.
The fact that Wilde questioned whether the envelope was for her and then proceeded to open it on-stage suggests that she was unaware of its contents.
She also opened the confidential paperwork on-stage when she was being photographed; it could well be argued that this compromised any privacy, particularly as the documents were pictured in several images taken during the public event.
It is currently unclear whether Sudeikis or Wilde plan to question or raise any of these issues.
Wilde and Sudeikis began dating in November 2011 and got engaged in December 2012, before eventually splitting in November 2020. They share two children together – eight-year-old son Otis and five-year-old daughter Daisy.
Details of their current custody arrangement remain private, and neither Wilde nor Sudeikis have commented on the contents of the envelope.
Still, Twitter has erupted with speculation about the sensational moment, with some seizing the opportunity to compare Sudeikis with his beloved Apple TV+ character Ted Lasso, whom many noted would never have condoned such ‘savage’ behavior.
‘So Ted Lasso is an A**Ho?’ one person wrote on Twitter , while another chimed in: ‘D**k move Ted Lasso.’
‘There’s no way Ted Lasso did that,’ a third person added, as another insisted: ‘Ted Lasso would never.’
Some social media users accused the actor of wanting to ensure that his ex was served with the papers in as public a forum as possible, suggesting that it was his way of seeking revenge after she went public with her romance with Styles, 28, just a few months after her split from Sudeikis was made public.
Sweet: Wilde began dating Styles, 28, after the pair formed a close bond while shooting the psychological thriller in late 2020. The actress directed the movie while the popstar appears in the leading role. They are pictured together on-set
Big reveal: After being given the manila envelope, Wilde opened it up and took a brief look at its contents before continuing with her presentation
Carry on: It had initially been reported that the documents were an unsolicited script sent by a fan in the hopes of receiving Wilde’s attention
Security: CinemaCon has since said it is ‘reevaluating security procedures’ in light of the extraordinary incident
Neither Wilde nor Sudeikis have commented on their custody arrangement for their two children (seen in an Instagram photo)
‘I had an ex served with papers before and there is absolutely NO WAY Jason Sudeikis didn’t know where and when Olivia Wilde would be served… NO WAY! The when and where is something that is discussed before the papers are delivered,’ one Twitter user wrote.
Others claimed that Sudeikis ‘deserved’ to get revenge on Wilde after she went public with her romance with Styles, 28, so soon after the former couple split.
‘Gotta tip my hat to Jason Sudeikis,’ one person wrote. ‘I would have done the same thing… People want only certain things to be public. I think everything should be fair game once you put yourself out there.’
Another agreed, tweeting: ‘Jason Sudeikis having Olivia Wilde served on stage while giving a presentation in Vegas is wild… honestly, she deserves it.’
Attendees at the CinemaCon event revealed on Tuesday night that Wilde had been given a ‘personal and confidential’ envelope while she was up on-stage giving a presentation, with reporter Chris Lee detailing her reaction in a tweet, which read: ‘Half way through her schpiel about Don’t Worry Darling, Olivia Wilde was handed a manila envelope. Seemed like she got served a lawsuit!’
He said that the Booksmart director said: ‘This is for me? Is this a script? Ok got it. Thank you.’
Lee added: ‘I thought it was part of the presentation or a joke. But then…that was the end of it.’
Another audience member, Jim Vejvoda, tweeted: ‘Was Olivia Wilde served with papers onstage at CinemaCon?
‘Some woman walked up to the stage and left an envelope for her. Olivia opened it and then never addressed it and continued on with her presentation.
‘We were expecting a bit but she never addressed the papers.’
CinemaCon said they are now reevaluating their security procedures, in light of the incident: ‘We have never in the history of the convention had an incident where a delegate has approached the stage who was not authorized to be there,’ Mitch Neuhauser Managing Director of CinemaCon said in a statement to Deadline.
‘In light of this incident, we are reevaluating our security procedures to ensure the safety of all our attendees.’ In order to get into Vegas’ Colosseum for CinemaCon, non-industry attendees need to purchase a badge.
Wilde’s latest film Don’t Worry Darling is being released by Warner Brothers this coming September and stars her much younger boyfriend Styles.
The duo formed a close bond while shooting the psychological thriller, which also features the likes of Florence Pugh and Gemma Chan, in 2020.
News of Wilde and Sudeikis’s split came on November 13, 2020 with sources claiming at the time that it was ‘amicable’ and that their two children son Otis and daughter Daisy Josephine would remain a ‘priority.’
Keeping mum: Details of their current custody arrangement remain private, and neither Wilde nor Sudeikis have commented on the contents of the envelope
Moving on: She later hid the documents behind her back as she continued to talk to industry executives about her new movie
Raising eyebrows: While it was initially reported that the envelope contained a script from a fan, many speculated that Wilde had actually been served with legal documents during her presentation
Power couple: Harry and Olivia’s romance was confirmed when they were seen holding hands at his agent’s wedding in California, on January 3, 2021, raising eyebrows over just how quickly she had moved on from Jason
An insider also said that the pair had actually separated at the start of the year, months before their split was made public.
A source close to the couple told PEOPLE: ‘The split happened at the beginning of the year . It’s been amicable and they’ve transitioned into a great co-parenting routine. The children are the priority and the heart of the family’s relationship.’
Despite the initial reports of an amicable split, a source claimed to Entertainment Tonight in January 2021, that Jason had been ‘really hurt’ by her moving on with Harry.
A source said: ‘[Jason] has been really hurt and somewhat jealous that Olivia has moved on with Harry.’
There have also been conflicting reports as to the timeline of Olivia’s split from Jason and when she started her new relationship with Harry.
The original PEOPLE report on their split claimed that Olivia and Jason broke up ‘at the beginning’ of 2020, but further sources claimed ‘she and Jason were very much together as recently as this fall .’
A report from UsWeekly claimed: ‘Olivia called off the engagement in early November  but only after she already had gotten close to Harry.’ Olivia cast Harry in her film in September 2020 after Shia LaBeouf was fired from the role.
Rumours of Harry and Olivia’s romance were confirmed when they were seen holding hands at his agent’s wedding in Montecito, California, on January 3 2021, raising eyebrows over just how quickly she had moved on.
What’s going on: Reporter Chris Lee tweeted, ‘Half way through her schpiel about Don’t Worry Darling, Olivia Wilde was handed a manilla envelope. Seemed like she got served a lawsuit!’
He revealed that the Booksmart director said: ‘This is for me? Is this a script? Ok got it. Thank you.’ Lee added: ‘I thought it was part of the presentation or a joke. But then… that was the end of it’
Custody: A source has said of the paperwork: ‘Papers were drawn up to establish jurisdiction relating to the children of Ms. Wilde and Mr. Sudeikis’
Sudeikis has been filming the third season of his hit series Ted Lasso in London for the past few months (pictured); Wilde has reportedly been living with Styles in the UK while her ex has been working there so they can both spend time with their kids
There were conflicting reports on the exact timing of their split, with a source claiming to PEOPLE in a January 2021 report: ‘Jason feels that the timeline that Olivia and Harry would like people to believe – that she and Jason split ages ago, long before she became involved with Harry – is simply not accurate.’
The source added that the trouble began around the start of production on Wilde’s sophomore directorial effort in the fall of 2020.
‘She began filming [Don’t Worry Darling] in September, and by October, he began to get the impression that she wanted out. By November, they’d announced their split.’
The source emphasized ‘that’s how quickly it happened,’ adding that ‘none of it happened until she began filming with Harry.’
In a December 2021 interview with American Vogue the actress referred to the timeline dispute, telling the magazine: ‘It’s obviously tempting to correct a false narrative.
‘But I think what you realize is that when you’re really happy, it doesn’t matter what strangers think about you.’
She added: ‘All that matters to you is what’s real, and what you love, and who you love.’
Jason meanwhile confirmed in a 2021 interview with GQ that the couple split in November 2020, admitting that ‘I’ll have a better understanding of why in a year.’
‘And an even better one in two, and an even greater one in five, and it’ll go from being, you know, a book of my life to becoming a chapter to a paragraph to a line to a word to a doodle,’ he continued.
‘That’s an experience that you either learn from or make excuses about. You take some responsibility for it, hold yourself accountable for what you do, but then also endeavor to learn something beyond the obvious from it.’
Olivia scrambled to cast Harry to star in her second film after initially casting Shia LaBeouf in the lead role.
LaBeouf was fired from the project in September 2020 because she has a ‘zero a**hole policy’ and his behavior was ‘off-putting,’ according to Variety, with a source saying: ‘He is not an easy guy to work with.’
Shortly after he was replaced, Shia entered a rehab facility after his ex-girlfriend, musician FKA twigs, claimed he knowingly infected her with an STD and relentlessly abused her.
Jason also moved on, embarking on a relationship with his Ted Lasso co-star, British glamour model Keeley Hazell, 35, last year.
Olivia and Jason broke off their seven-year engagement on Nov. 13, 2020 with sources claiming it was ‘amicable’ and that their two children son Otis and daughter Daisy Josephine would remain a ‘priority’ (pictured January 2020)
Moving on: Jason, 46, also moved on, embarking on a relationship with his Ted Lasso co-star, British glamour model Keeley Hazell, 35, last year (pictured in June 2021)
Jason and Olivia met at a Saturday Night Live wrap party in May 2011, when both were recently single.
Nine months prior, Olivia ended her eight-year marriage to Italian-American filmmaker Tao Ruspoli and Jason had just divorced screenwriter Kay Cannon, whom he was married to from 2004 to 2010.
Tribute: Olivia shared that she has had the names of her children on her arms. She shares a son Otis Alexander, seven, and daughter Daisy Josephine, five, with Ted Lasso star Jason
During a 2017 appearance on The Late Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Horrible Bosses star spilled on his first interaction with Wilde.
‘I actually came off looking a lot cooler than I really am because I had heard through the grapevine, through mutual friends that weren’t exactly her best girlfriends, that would report back, “Oh, you know, I think she’s dating someone,” so I didn’t make any sort of moves,’ he recalled at the time.
‘I was just very, very busy with other things.’
The actress echoed the thoughts, explaining: ‘I was just learning to be by myself; I’d been divorced nine months.
‘We were both seeing people but were single. He seemed to really see me, see through the bull***t.’
Wilde and Sudeikis announced their engagement in 2013 before the births of their two children.
Speaking to Net-a-Porter’s Porter Edit in February 2016, Wilde explained how she believed becoming a parent with her ex was a stronger commitment for the couple than tying the knot.
‘We are seriously connected,’ she said. ‘Before you have a child, marriage is the ultimate commitment and promise to one another, and then once you have a child, it’s like, ‘Oh, we’re committed and promised already.’
Nearly a year and a half after they first met, Wilde and Styles are still going strong. The actress recently supported the popstar as he headlined the Coachella Valley Music Festival the past two weekends.
She was captured cheering him on in the crowd as he dominated the stage with a guitar in hand.
Recent reports have suggested that Olivia and Harry are getting very serious after she introduced the pop star to her two children.
Don’t Worry Darling: Olivia’s latest film Don’t Worry Darling is being released by Warner Brothers this coming September and stars her much younger boyfriend Harry Styles, 28 (pictured with Florence Pugh)
According the official synopsis, Don’t Worry Darling follows a ‘1950’s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community who begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets’; Florence Pugh pictured
Headliner: Nearly a year and a half later, Olivia and Harry are still going strong. The actress recently supported Harry as he headlined the Coachella Valley Music Festival the past two weekends; Harry pictured on April 2
Insiders have claimed that despite it looking like a ‘showbiz hook up’ at first, it has become clear that the loved-up couple are much more than that.
Harry, who has previously dated a slew of celebrity girlfriends, has allegedly never been so serious about anyone before, reports The Sun.
A source said: ‘This looked like quite a showbizzy thing at first, two glamorous people hooking up but now it’s obviously a lot more than that.
‘They held back a bit at first but now that things are more settled the time was right to do the next thing.
‘It’s really exciting for them – and for Harry it’s the most serious he has ever really been about somebody.’
It was reported that Harry is ‘slowly’ getting to know the children of his girlfriend Olivia almost a year into their relationship.
Olivia is currently living in the UK with the singer while estranged husband Jason films the third series of the comedy drama Ted Lasso.
She has her two children in London while he is working on the Apple TV programme, set in the UK.
‘Ironically, it is Jason’s work that means they can be together,’ said a source, adding that friends are expecting Harry and Olivia to marry.
Biggest fan: She was captured cheering him on in the crowd as he dominated the stage with a guitar in hand