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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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Inquisitive_Kat    

Dear god, look at how much they're offered per episode! It's hard to feel bad for them... but, I don't know how much they actually get to take from those wages, since I'd imagine a lot of that pay would go to other hands, before it meets the actual actor.

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Bergshirl    

Greedy rich people problems

765 days ago
108.

Screamer77    

Greedy

765 days ago
109.

kim842007    

Fire them all for being greedy...ridiculous.

765 days ago
110.

TM    

Nooooo, I just got hooked on this show. Please don't stop my fix man!

765 days ago
111.

Liz    

$$$ Greeeeeeeeeedy $$$

764 days ago
112.

tjsmith    

The gluttony of Hollywood. What's wrong 150 grand an epi, not good enough.

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