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'Modern Family' Producers

Accused of

Screwing the Pooch

7/30/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Modern Family" producers have secretly replaced one of the biggest stars on the show, TMZ has learned -- but the crazy part ... you probably wouldn't have noticed if we didn't tell you ... THE DOG!!!!

Sources connected with production tell TMZ, the French bulldog who plays Stella -- Jay Pritchett's pooch -- recently got the boot ... and has been replaced by a lookalike for next season.

According to sources, the dog who formerly played Stella -- real name Brigitte -- had been hired by an Hollywood animal agency called Good Dog Animals, which then subleased Brigitte to the "Modern Family" production shortly before Season 2.

We're told everything went great for 2 seasons, but GDA recently decided it no longer wanted to work with Brigitte -- so it unceremoniously dumped the dog in favor of its own lookalike Frenchie ... some bitch named Beatrice.

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"Modern Family" then hired Beatrice instead.

We're told there was no written contract in place to ensure Brigitte's continued employment -- so Brigitte's owner doesn't have much legal recourse.

Now, like scores of red-blooded Americans ... Brigitte is unemployed and hoping to find another job.

Calls to GDA and "Modern Family" were not returned.

38 COMMENTS

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1.

dskowulf    

Omg TMZ broke the story blahblahblah get over yourselves.

754 days ago
2.

Malika    

Slow news day huh? Surprised it wasn't a Kardashian article...... surprised!

754 days ago
3.

Zombie Whitney Houston    

I'm sure the reason Modern Family and GDA were not returned was because they were too busy laughing about you idiots calling them in the first place.
Who cares.

754 days ago
4.

theblackman    

Is this the best crap you can come up with TMZ?

754 days ago
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eicarr     

Too bad the dog wan't part of that lawsuit last week with the rest of the cast.

754 days ago
6.

Truth    

TMZ AINT MIKE WALLACE... YOUR INVESTIGATIVE SKILLZ SUXXX. SO WHY DID GDA NOT WANT TO WORK WITH BRIGITTE? ISNT THAT THE POINT OF THE STORY WHICH YOU DONT ANSWER?? MY BET THE OWNER WANTED MORE PAPER BUT GDA DINT WANNA PAY. SO THEY WENT WITH A CHEAPER AND MORE FUGLY LOOKING ASS BITCH! #TRUTH!!

754 days ago
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Kristoferian    

Tmz has sucked donkey balls lately, tells us about stuff involving celebrities, I already hear the massacre stories from people with twice the IQ of all of your reporters combined

754 days ago
8.

tucker    

Awwh, they are both beautiful! Nothing better than a Frenchie!! Best part of the show is the dog.

754 days ago
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maria    

I love this show, but recently with all the contracg dispute and wanting alot more money and now with the dog, it kind of sours you alittle on what's happening behind the seance.

754 days ago
10.

gamepro    

ok its not that big of a deal but i dont watch it

754 days ago
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LDB    

It's a f*cking dog. Why is this news?

754 days ago
12.

parlayer    

what will the dog's lawyer do?? sounds like a skin color issue, pay attention all you dogs out there!! that means you Angilina also.

754 days ago
13.

John Galt    

Incredible, a Modern Family article that does not mention how amazingly beautiful Sofia Vergara is.

754 days ago
14.

John Galt    

@LDB "It's a f*cking dog. Why is this news?"

I always get a chuckle reading idiotic comments like yours. It's news becuase people like you will click to read it, which generates ad revenue.

Congratulation you just made Harvey another nickel.

754 days ago
15.

Olivia    

But the dogs dont even look alike

754 days ago
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