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'Modern Family' Cast

WE WANT OUT

7/24/2012 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The cast of "Modern Family" wants out of their current contracts for the show -- all in a bold move to score much fatter paychecks.

The cast members -- Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara -- just filed a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox TV, demanding their contracts be declared null and void.

According to the lawsuit, the contracts violate a "7 year" law in California that bars personal service contracts with a duration longer than 7 years. As a result, the cast wants them tossed out ... presumably so they can renegotiate for more money.

The cast also wants the freedom to pursue other acting gigs outside "Modern Family" and Fox -- a freedom that's severely curtailed by their current contracts.

It's the latest in the bitter salary negotiations between the cast members and 20th Century Fox.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox recently made an offer to increase the cast's salary as follows: $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.

But the cast reportedly rejected the offer and is now demanding much, much more.

As for "Modern Family" patriarch Ed O'Neill, he's not listed as a plaintiff on the lawsuit -- but THR reports, he has since decided to join his cast members out of solidarity.

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61.

LDB    

You already have enough money as it is. Get over yourselves

760 days ago
62.

truth hurts    

The show is just ok...Good luck to them though.

760 days ago
63.

billy    

That's just greedy... don't blow it when you have a hit show.

760 days ago
64.

High Achiever    

Good for them, they all deserve an increase in pay. Love that Sofia!

760 days ago
65.

dummy    

Remember what happened to the Brady kids?
Yeah-have fun going back to waiting tables you dumbasses.
BOYCOTT THE SOW!!!

760 days ago
66.

CriticXtreme    

They want that Friends money. If they get what they want, they are set for the rest of their lives just like the cast of Friends. See what happens when you unite for a common bond called $money?

760 days ago
67.

Nobody.Puts.Bieber.In.A.Corner    

Dear People...

Please S..T..F..U..!

760 days ago
68.

John    

Cancel the show. The gay couple won't be relevant after Romney wins.

760 days ago
69.

John_Dunkel    

Let them out, it's not like Hollywood has a shortage of actresses and actors. Also now the actor and actresses look like greedy bastards. Fire them... fire them all and replace them who went into acting not because of the money and the fame that comes with it but because they are good actors and love their craft...

760 days ago
70.

Rachel    

Great--let them go. I love the show, but I'm sick of all these actors demanding ridiculous amounts of money. They are not curing cancer, teaching children, or doing anything worthy of the money they are paid. Hollywood needs to start getting over themselves already. Many actors are dumb as dirt, yet get paid more than scientists, and people actually contributing far to this world than entertainment. We have created these monsters called actors....

760 days ago
71.

missy    

The show sucks donkey dong, cancel it.

760 days ago
72.

becky    

wow!This is just offensive, and really makes them look bad

760 days ago
73.

bob    

greedy people what makes them think they deserve so much money...so many actors would work for less and can learn lines just like them....Fire Them...

760 days ago
74.

wolf    

Love the show BUT if it tanked would they have offered to give the money back. Doubt it

760 days ago
75.

denise    

s--- if i was them id be pulling that move too. lol. because they let it happen though. both sides are greedy.

760 days ago
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