'Modern Family' Contract Feud Results In Lawsuit

July 24, 2012 By:
'Modern Family' Contract Feud Results In Lawsuit

Is the cast of “Modern Family” heading for divorce? Well maybe, unless some sort of mutually beneficial financial settlement can be reached.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that cast members -- Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara – have filed suit against media big wigs 20th Century Fox TV.

Ed O’Neil initially tried to stay on the couch, and not get involved, but has since joined the band wagon to offer support for his family.

They are claiming that their contracts should be voided under the "7 year" law in California that prevents such negotiations for lasting for a duration of longer than seven years (hence the name).

So, if they get their way and the contracts are disposed of, they can then freely renegotiate for more money. Like, a lot more money.

Here’s the details on what they’ve reportedly been offered, and have rejected:

“$150,000 per episode plus a $50,000 per episode bonus for season 4; $200,000 per episode for season 5; $225,000 for season 6; and up to $325,000 for an anticipated season 9.”

If the show does go its anticipated 8 or 9 seasons, they want something like more than double this offer.

Not to say that all involved are strictly concerned with getting fat checks, they also want to be freed to pursue non-FOX related acting jobs, which in their current monogamous relationships is totally not an option.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens for the (hopefully) forthcoming fourth season.

But can we make a suggestion here? Before things get a bit too heated and insults that can’t be undone start to fly…

Maybe they could consider heading to couples therapy with folks at FOX?

Come on guys, do it for the kids.