In typical Ryan Reynolds fashion, the actor jokingly apologized to his wife Blake Lively after selling his Aviation American Gin company to European beverage company Diageo as part of a deal worth an estimated $610 million.
Amid the news of the major acquisition, the Deadpool actor set up his email at the alcohol brand with a hilarious out of office message. In the message, he apologizes to a long list of people, including wife Blake Lively, for jokingly telling them “to go f— themselves in the last 24 hours” after learning how much money he would make in the sale.
“Thanks for your email. I am currently out of the office but will still be very hard at work selling Aviation Gin. For quite a long time, it seems,” his auto-response reads.
“In related news, I just learned what an ‘earn out’ is… And I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone I told to go f— themselves in the last 24 hours. My lawyers just explained how long it takes to achieve an ‘earn out’… so… turns out I’m not as George Clooney as I thought,” the message continued, seemingly referencing the $1 billion deal Clooney and Rande Gerber’s Casamigos Tequila made with Diageo in 2017.
“The point is, to those listed below, I’m sorry… and I’ll indeed be needing your help in the coming months and years. Thanks in advance!” Reynolds’ apology concluded, before listing: “Mom, Blake, Peter, Diageo CEO, The Rock, George Clooney, Southern Glazer’s, Betty White, TGI Friday’s, Baxter, Calisthenics, AMC Theaters, Total Wine, The Number 8, Don Saladino, Darden, The Head of Alfredo Garcia, Soothing Lavender Eye Pillows.”
On Monday, Diageo announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire Aviation American Gin along with Astral Tequila, Sombra Mezcal, and TYKU Sake through the acquisition of Aviation Gin LLC and Davos Brands LLC. According to the press release, the deal is an estimated $610 million, which includes an initial payment of $335 million and a further potential payment of up to $275 million based on the performance of the company over a 10-year period.