Pickled reveals legendary A-list actor as mystery guest- but fans slam the star-studded tournament as ‘hard to watch’

PICKLED has unveiled the A-list mystery competitor playing alongside Tig Notaro amid criticism from fans for being unwatchable.

Viewers had been speculating about which celebrity guest would be paired with the comic.

Pickled viewers learned the mystery celebrity picked to compete with Tig Notaro


Pickled viewers learned the mystery celebrity picked to compete with Tig Notaro
Will Ferrell was the surprise guest


Will Ferrell was the surprise guestCredit: CBS

On Thursday, the celebrity charity pickleball tournament premiered with fans finally learning the full lineup of stars.

While it was originally kept a secret who Tig, 51, would play with, fans learned that she was paired with Will Ferrell.

The duo competed against Kelly Rowland and Murray Bartlett in the first round of competition.

Despite the lighthearted and fun nature of the show and the major celebrity surprise, some weren’t impressed.

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Some Twitter users slammed the show, suggesting that it was not easy to watch.

One critic wrote: “As a frequent pickleball player, #Pickled is painful to watch for so many reasons. But it’s for a great cause and the fact it’s on CBS in Primetime shows how far the sport has come. Those are good things. But wow is it awful.”


Someone else simply wrote: “Hate this show!”

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Eight celebrity teams were selected to compete in the Pickled tournament for charity, CBS announced on Wednesday.

The team names are: Dink Floyd, Party ‘Till You Cuke, The Paddle Snakes, Take this Lob and Shove it, The Volley Ranchers, Daniel Dae Luis, Dill-I-Am, and When Harry Net Rally.

Cari Champion, John Michael Higgins, and Bill Raftery are featured as commentators for the matches.

Stephen and Kenny Loggins teamed up for a duet of the national anthem to open the show.


Pickleball is a sport similar to ping pong or tennis.

It can be played in a doubles format in which the first server on either team continues to serve until they commit a fault.

At that point, their teammate takes over and serves until they commit a fault.

When that happens, the other team gets to serve.

Pickleball has a two-bounce rule, which means the receiving team must let the ball bounce once before returning and the serving team must allow one bounce before returning.

From there, they can volley the ball which means it doesn’t bounce at all.

Rules for scoring mirror those in tennis and ping pong.

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Pickles is produced by Funny or Die along with Colbert’s Spartina and CBS Studios.

Executive producers on the tournament include Funny or Die’s Mike Farah, Joe Ferrell and Henry R. Munoz III as well as Stephen, Carrie Byalick, K. P. Anderson, Evelyn McGee Colbert, and Tom Purcell.

Will and Tig competed early on against Kelly Rowland and Murray Bartlett


Will and Tig competed early on against Kelly Rowland and Murray BartlettCredit: CBS
The Anchorman star was a fierce competitor


The Anchorman star was a fierce competitorCredit: CBS
He maintained his cool, displaying only slight unsportsmanlike conduct


He maintained his cool, displaying only slight unsportsmanlike conductCredit: CBS

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