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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 and has been replaced by a lookalike for next season.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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Bu    

Brigitte had the look that made you fall in love with her..Beatrice not so much. Bring back Brigitte.

713 days ago
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Thiet ke web    

713 days ago
18.

tiredofwhiners    

well, i'll weigh in with — THESE DOGS DON'T LOOK ANYTHING ALIKE. Dog lovers like me are sure to notice. I have Boston terriers.. Just because they're black and white doesn't mean they're identical.

713 days ago
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Noni    

I have heard that Good Dog Animals screws animal trainers left and right. I hope Modern Family DUMPs Good Dog Animals and hires Brigitte directly from her owner/trainer. "Stella" should be in included with the rest of the casts negotiations, she should not be replaced with a look alike! How unfair!

713 days ago
20.

maryjo    

I think they should hire both of them they are both adorable

713 days ago
21.

BUTTERBEANS    

That bitch Beatrice looks a lot younger ..But, Brigette gives good face.

713 days ago
22.

Lynda Jones-owings    

Shame on them...

713 days ago
23.

1    

Don't know what the BITCH is complaining about....All BITCHES end up getting in life, is DOG FOOD!!!!!

713 days ago
24.

devilgirl    

Someone needs to fire whoever thought this was a "breaking story".

712 days ago
25.

Dawn    

This is PURE Age Discrimination PERIOD!

712 days ago
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712 days ago
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TheRodster21    

How is this news I don't give a F**** about that dog in all honesty it dosen't need a job

711 days ago
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