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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

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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I wouldn't believe anything TMZ says. Their headline "Queen murders King over international stalemate" would end up being about a chess game they never bother to mention.

671 days ago


So the cast, crew, and producers of Modern Family recgonized the fact that a minor was being mistreated and instead of helping decided to have the mother banned so the mother would no longer be their problem. How does that fix the problem for the mistreated minor?

671 days ago


Still don't believe it.. its always a source put a name to back up ur lying ass claims.. and is sad how most of yall casting stones at this woman.. how come modern family bosses or ABC bosses haven't said **** yet.. TMZ just stay lying

671 days ago


I worked at a top talent agency until May of this year. It is not a glamorous job and stage moms are usually self centered failures living through their child. TMZ is being tame with their coverage of Miss Workman. She had the last say about everything that pertained to her daughter because she is a minor. Words can't express what a nasty psyco this woman is. I will leave it at that.

671 days ago


Unfortunately, "where there's smoke, there's fire"!!! Judges usually try everything in their power to keep from splitting up families. There must have been some "extremely compelling" evidence for the judge in this case to temporary suspend Chrystal Workman's custody rights. She only has herself to blame!!!

671 days ago

John T.    

From all I have read so far , seems like she is her meal ticket. Sad when parents have to live off their kids .Just as bad as Kris Jenner and Dina Lohan. They are nothing without pimping their kids.

671 days ago


Ariel's harmones are running wild, yeah, she should be watched over,.......and a male in her bedroom,....nah, not gonna happen. Now, on the other hand, if her mother 'is' abusive', maybe Ariel does to be emacipated; but here's the rub,.....her sister has NO access to her monies or credit card accounts; that's a disater waiting to happen,.....ask Bobbi Christina Brown's family. Poor Ariel,....haven't heard from her yet,.....but if mama was showing her azz on the "Modern Family " set, is it because there had to be an adult around because Ariel is a minor? Nevertheless, should have been remedied by the higher ups overseeing the "Modern Family" production. Feel sorry for Ariel,.......does this kid even know what healthy family is like.

671 days ago


Why not let her be emancipated? What's the worse that can happen? Another Dana plato, Lindsey lohan, Danny Bonaduce? That's why MTV has the Teen Mom Franchise. She can rioght from Modern Family to her own reality show. Even maury is rooting for her to be let out of teh family's grip. That way he can do the paternity test before they take her boyfriend to jail. Once that is run it's course, she will appear on Celebrity rehab. plus as luck would have it, Amanda Bynes is looking for a fun roommate that wants to party and have fun

671 days ago


With all their sources, TMZ probably knows who started the process that ended up with Ariel being removed from her mother. I wonder if it was someone from Modern Family. If a teacher/welfare worker witnessed Ariel being verbally abused and underfed by her mother, (s)he would be obligated to report it. A doctor could confirm if Ariel was malnourished. I doubt a judge would have removed Ariel without some physical evidence or credible witness testimony. Regardless, this must be very stressful for Ariel and I think the media should walk away and give the girl some privacy. A child shouldn't have to go through something like this with millions of eyes watching her every move.

671 days ago


There are always 3 sides to every story.

670 days ago

BB not bb    

This is strange that the only evidence of abuse comes from the set of the show. Maybe they just didin't want this woman interfering with how they produce their show. She seems to be a hands on mom who is involved in her daughter's work and relationships. Maybe they want the kid all to themselves without a mom there to check up on what they do with her. It is like they have appointed themselves the parents and the kid likes the idea for now.

Kids are easily brainwashed any more. She has an exciting career and a a forbideen boyfriend and if her mom is threatening that, maybe it is just more logical to her to get rid of her mom than to put up with her. Is the girl actually starving? This is pretty weird that they were sneaking her food.

Sometimes if you have a mom who isn't as glamorous as your life seems to be, you feel like you don't even need her. Don't parents comment on their kid's outfits whether they like them or not? Couldn't they give this mom a chance and counsel her about how to phrease things nicely before denying her custody?

Child abuse seems like another name for parental abuse, while real cases of child abuse are ignored. If you have ever seen an abused child, you see the look of constant fear in their eyes. You see their impaired social skills and development. These kids usually just get called mentally ill themselves and nothing is ever done to help them by these child protective agencies.

670 days ago
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