'Modern Family' cast settles contract dispute
July 30th, 2012
05:57 PM ET

'Modern Family' cast settles contract dispute

The six adult stars of "Modern Family" seemed ready for legal war with production company 20th Century Fox Television, but CNN's confirmed that the dispute is over.

After filing a suit alleging that their contracts with Fox TV are illegal, actors Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell and Ed O'Neill have reached an agreement with the production company.

A rep for Fox declined to comment further, but The Hollywood Reporter cites sources who claim that the cast will receive the higher salaries they were rumored to be angling for with their lawsuit.

Vergara, Bowen, Tyler Ferguson, Stonestreet and Burrell were all said to be aiming for contracts that would yield a salary higher than the rumored $65,000 an episode they were estimated to have earned in season 3. O'Neill is reportedly being paid on a different level than his co-stars, earning an estimated $105,000 an episode, but he joined the complaint filed by his cast mates last week in a perceived show of solidarity.

THR reports that the six actors have all "agreed in principle" to new contracts, ones that will reportedly offer $170,000 to $175,000 an episode for the upcoming season, including bonuses. These sources also whispered to THR that the cast's salaries will increase up to around $350,000 per episode in the show's eighth season.

It's been reported that the five actors who initiated the lawsuit will also get a bit of the back-end profits for the first time. While these rumored figures wouldn't be a huge increase from what O'Neill was presumed to be earning, it's been speculated that the former "Married with Children" star has  been offered a larger piece of that back-end pot.

It's rumored that in exchange, the cast will drop the lawsuit and will also add a year to their contracts, which already enlisted their services for seven years.

On Monday, the actors were hard at work on season 4: Both Vergara and Stonestreet tweeted about being back on the "Modern Family" set, with Stonestreet adding, "Grateful 4 my job. Cant wait 2 c everyone!"

The Emmy-winning - and once again Emmy-nominated - "Modern Family" is scheduled to return to ABC on September 26.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Alicia

    As a vicitm of an asbeur who not only abused me (his step-neice) but also his daughter, granddaughter, and other relatives, there is absolutley and without a doubt a huge impact to a persons mental state and it impacts many, many things in a persons life – especially relationships. This is not "normal." It is evil and harms every fiber of a persons self.

    August 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rhae

    Everyone can now let out a sigh of relief now that the cast of 'Modern Family' has resolved their contract disputes. Are you excited to see your favorite funny families return for a fourth season?
    Let us know: (http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2012/07/modern-family-stars-resolve-contract-dispute-0)

    August 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jujubeans

    I'd give Sophia Vergara a raise. She gives me a raise!

    July 31, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Smacky Smooth

    So good to know they will be paid more money than God for speaking words OTHER people write.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. anthony

    French Fry.

    July 31, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Snorlax

    The network should have just cancelled it. It is a stupid show and virtually unwatchable.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |


    July 31, 2012 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. VITO


    July 31, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |


    i had a meeting yoolp and jodie's libros... jc has been found and the rest have been found also.
    i will not be helping you any further on the press issue. the fees will be retuned to us . Sorry about that

    July 31, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Snaaaple

    I love this show. Little Stewie and that talking dog are hilarious. Even though it is an animated series, I think it is the funniest best show on tv.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Maurya Perazzo

    At a time when so many people are either out of work or facing salary cuts due to budget cuts (California), this is so inappropriate! It's a great show of course but when are the excessive paychecks in Hollywood going to end? It's time those folks learn to live within their means which are are quite generous in comparision to the means us regular folks have to live within!

    July 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT

      The production company is making money from the show. The cast is simply asking for a larger share. Usually casts sign a 3 year contract up front. This show is very successful, so the cast wants to share in the success that the network and production company are receiving. Is this a crazy amount of money – yes. But if the cast did not get it here, it is not like the money does not exist – it would simply be going to the network and production companies.

      July 31, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. SlurpyCupp

    and the "regular" Joe is still getting unemployment, with no health benefits.


    July 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |

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