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Ariel Winter's Mom

'Modern Family' Wanted

Her Banned From Set

11/13/2012 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ariel Winter
's mom was an abusive menace on the set of "Modern Family" ... so much so, producers wanted her BANNED from set -- this according to a source close to the situation.

TMZ spoke with a source -- who worked on the show for over a year and had constant contact with Ariel -- who says Chrystal Workman (Ariel's mom) was "hated" by the crew, producers, actors and other mothers ... because she made Ariel's life a living Hell.

Specifically we're told Chrystal would sit on set and watch Ariel like a hawk -- and then berate her for her physical appearance, saying her ears were too big and she looked ugly in her clothes. She also blocked Ariel from eating anything but egg whites and raw veggies.

Our source tells us, the mom's obsession with Ariel's diet was so extreme ... crew members contrived a plan to "sneak" the 14-year-old food (like grilled cheese sandwiches) when her mom wasn't looking.

And there's more.  We're told ... Chrystal was very vocal about Ariel's money -- claiming her daughter needed to rake in more cash to pay for their house, her agents, managers and publicists.

Our source adds, "I'm so happy for Ariel that she went to the extreme and got out from under that miserable woman's care."

As TMZ previously reported ... Chrystal has denied all allegations of physical and / or verbal abuse.

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16.

Bagheera    

If the reports are true, Crystal Workman is the worse kind of parent. Does Crystal even have a job? Or is Ariel the only one with any income? Imagine that, a 14 year old supporting her parents' luxuries.
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Remember that Crystal already lost 1 child because of her temperament towards her children.
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I doubt this is about money on Ariel's end, since her accounts have been basically frozen.
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Hopefully Ariel becomes happy. Unfortunately, sometimes, family is the reason why people are unhappy.

620 days ago
17.

get real    

If the Source from the MF et s for real........... This is terrible.First off.. the more mony she Rakes in, the More she has to pay agents and Management. The Mothe iwants daughter to make more to pay for house?

620 days ago
18.

Karla    

Gotta love those stories with a "source" that never wants to be named........if it is true why not use the name? I guess everyday now we have a story about this kid. Sorry but I find it hard to believe that Modern Family could not have someone kept from the set if there were that bad. They also would have the means to make sure the kid had someone with her. I cannot imagine that the show likes all these negative stories..........this kid may wind up looking for a another show if she becomes too troublesome.

620 days ago
19.

just because    

who cares. is she 18 yet?

619 days ago
20.

Foghorn Longhorn    

The mother looks like a fat, worn-out hag...she shouldn't be complaining about anyone's looks or weight!

619 days ago
21.

just because    

just let me know when she is of age,

619 days ago
22.

Nadine    

Hey TMZ drop one of the "for her" I don't normally point that stuff out, but I thought I would help you out.

619 days ago
23.

Truth    

MEHHH, WHAT A YAAWWWWNER... THIS IS NOTHING FOR A KID WHO WANTS TO EMULATE GARY COLEMAN 2.0 WANNABE. THIS SO-CALLED SOURCE SOUNDS LIKE THE SAME KID ARIEL BEFRIENDED IN THAT OTHER ONE-SIDED LAME POST TMZ POSTED YESTERDAY. EXACT SAME SENTENCES AND PHRASING. #NOT_A_WINNER #TRUTH!!

619 days ago
24.

Truth    

QUESTION TO THE CREW... WOULDN'T IT BE EASIER TO SNEAK MCDOUBLE BURGERS AND JUNIOR CHICKEN SANDWICHES IN A BROWN PAPER BAG COMPLETE WITH A BUDWEISER TALLBOY?? JUST SAYIN. #TRUTH!!

619 days ago
25.

pat    

Fed up with this lot. Harvey must have a boner for this chick.


But there is still the reconciliation pictures and stories to come.


P.S. She sorta looks like the girl that sang that Friday song.

619 days ago
26.

ManiacalZebra    

Why would Ariel need to rake in more cash to pay the agents, managers, and publicists? I thought they worked on a percentage basis, so they'd only get paid more if they got her paid more.

619 days ago
27.

Go Mega Dega Movie     

I have never realized how biased TMZ works. TMA should disclose that Harvey Levin is very close friends with Ariel's older sister Shanelle's attorneys. So that is why the only stories being reported on this site are pro Ariel.

Ariel played the role of Lisa in a feature film called Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega which was released in 2010. As someone who was on the set every day, I never saw a single instance of her mother treating her disrespectful or abusing her in any way. She was a stage mom in the sense that she was very invested in ensuring Ariel doing her best while on the set. She did not sit in a director's chair, she did not listen in on dialogue. Even during rehearsal sessions leading up to production, she was always off to the side never interfering.

Unfortunately, this appears to be a case of a hormonal 14 year-old all of a sudden coming into a lot of money and now being surrounded by a bunch of hanger-ons and others hoping to create a wedge between her and the one who probably loves her most only so they can take advantage Ariel.

It's interesting that only 6 months ago, Ariel tweeted her love for her mother. Between then and now an 18 year-old man enters the picture and now Ariel feels, at 14 years old, she knows what's best for her.

All I can speak the truth is from the set of Go Mega Dega, but TMZ's stories are all from "sources". Let's see some of these sources go on the record!

619 days ago
28.

Buckaroobonzai    

Earth to Chrystal... the jig is up! You should right a book on how to destroy your own reputation in 48 hours. I think it's a talent.

619 days ago
29.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Give her custody to the sister who is has been an unemployed actor and is just chomping on the bit for the publicity. This child is doomed.

619 days ago
30.

Fan67859    

I hope Chrystal gets the book thrown at her!

619 days ago
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