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'Modern Family' Cast

Drops Lawsuit ...

We're Back In!

7/28/2012 4:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Producers for "Modern Family" settled their dispute with several key cast members the same way every American family does ... throwing a bunch of $$$ at them, and now thanks to some major pay raises, everyone's getting back to work.

The cast members -- Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara -- officially dropped their lawsuit against the ABC show, after coming to an agreement with the show's producers over their salaries.

If you recall -- the adult cast members (minus Ed O'Neil) were upset over their contract negotiations --  they were holding out for a reported $200k per episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The tryst with the show's producers resulted in the cast taking legal action to get out of their contracts altogether and halted production after a recent table read was cancelled.

All that's behind them now, THR reports that the show's producers and the hold-out cast members settled around $175k per episode ... with the cast taking a cut of the show's profits as well. Their salaries will shoot up to around $350k an episode by the show's 8th season.

In exchange for the cash increase, the cast members extended their terms with "Modern" to 8 seasons, rather than the original 7, THR reports.

The co-creator of "Modern Family" Steve Levitan, told THR, "I'm of course thrilled and I cannot wait to get on stage Monday morning and start making the show again."

43 COMMENTS

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static    

I've never seen one episode and have no plans to.

761 days ago
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CyndiChainsaW    

Greed. Never a good thing.

761 days ago
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DopeLikeCoke    

That would be kind of awful for greed to get in the way of a great show. I'm glad they came to their senses.

761 days ago
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sue    

Sure hope they can live on the new salary!
Cost a lot to jet around the world on nice vacations!

761 days ago
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BostonSinclair    

Can TMZ find out what the kids are making and if theyve gotten a salary bump as well? And how much 'backend' are the actors getting and how much money does that stand to make them? These r the questions we want answered and no one - including TMZ- is answering them

761 days ago
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TMP    

I like the show, but now... knowing how greedy these people are, it makes me like it a lot less. That might sounds stupid, but it just does.

761 days ago
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Bridget    

These people were trying to get paid the most they could out of their job, just like everyone else does. They just get paid more then a lot of other people. They are actors and it is very rare for actors to have security in their profession. So when they have a job and are in the position to negotiate to get the most money possible out of that job, they do. Because there is no guarentee that they will ever be in that position again. Anyway, good for them. I'm glad everyone came to an agreement.

761 days ago
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Jen    

What a bunch of greedy f*ckers. Ty Burrell was doing orange juice commercials & Sofia Vergara was cleaning houses before Modern Family came along. Ed O'Neil is the only one with any class!

761 days ago
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lori    

Disappointed that they caved into the actor's greed. This is how those who make so much money are going to counteract the additional taxes Obama wants them to pay - make it up by demanding a pay increase.

761 days ago
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roll3567    

sticking together and sticking it to the network is how the case of friends was able to do it. good for them!
these shows can generate hundreds of millions of dollars, so why cant the actors get their slice? for most actors, a successful sitcom is a once in a lifetime opportunity...you have to maximize that, because you may never have that success again.
i dont watch the show, but to them i say...rock on!

761 days ago
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mebrat24    

When the contract is up it will be over because it is to expensive to produce and make money at it.

761 days ago
12.

DaveT    

We need a new version of the old Married...
Married with Children: The Later Years

761 days ago
13.

Bob    

Which one of the newsroom GED simpletons doesn't know the meaning of the word 'tryst'?

761 days ago
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LDB    

The hype of this show made them big headed

761 days ago
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freaksloan    

The show has already jumped the shark. Don't wait it anymore.

761 days ago
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