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'Modern Fam' Star Julie Bowen

Time to Pick Sides in

Ariel Winter Custody War

1/7/2013 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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3:00 PM PT -- Sources directly connected with the cast and crew at "Modern Family" tell TMZ ... they're upset by the intimation that Julie is not supporting Ariel's current arrangement -- living with her sister.  We're told "the entire show" is behind the temporary guardianship and believes Ariel is better off.

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The TMZ newsroom is DIVIDED!!!! And it's all over this clip of "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen commenting about the guardianship surrounding her co-star Ariel Winter.

Here's the deal -- Bowen was leaving a Golden Globes party in Hollywood last night when we asked if she was happy Ariel was removed from the custody of her mom and placed with her older sister.

Bowen's response was interesting ... "Ummmmmmm ... if she's happier, then I'm happier."

It wasn't a hard "yes" ... but it wasn't a "no" either.

Some people in the newsroom (Harvey) think the answer shows Julie believes Ariel's allegations that her mom was abusive ... and believes she's better off with her older sister.

But other people in the newsroom (everyone else) ... thinks the way Julie made the comment shows she DOESN'T think Ariel's better off ... and gave a politically correct, vanilla response to avoid revealing how she truly feels.

Listen to how Julie says it.  Then, we gotta ask ...

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jeff    

I would like to sniff that blondes a$$!

549 days ago
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mebrat24    

gee, ya think it might be none of our business what this family does? I would think it is this family and the court's business only not on TMZ website

549 days ago
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static    

NFI who these people are or why we should care.

549 days ago
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Carl    

Way to overanalyize it TMZ. All she is saying is that she wants Ariel in the situation that makes her the happiest.

549 days ago
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Laura    

Maybe she just wanted to go on record as saying she's most interested in Ariel's happiness, and not being forced to take a side, which can always backfire in the press. I think it was the perfect answer.

549 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

She responded correctly and publically staying out of her co-workers business which is the right thing to do. Go Blondie!!

549 days ago
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Zambonie    

There need to be a *This is none of my business* selection
I feel for all involved but they deserve the dignity of resolving these problems while not under the media magnifying glass

549 days ago
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k.    

It's simple-she just does not want to get involved. There have been multiple examples of Ariel's Mom being horrible.

549 days ago
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Maria    

It looks like she has had some drinks, and not paying too much attention to the "reporter". I think the thing is that this isn't something we should be spending our time on, the girl is underage. Even if she is an actress she is still a child and should be aloud to not have the press making all sorts of assumptions. Julie obviously loves April, and that is what she said. That's that.

549 days ago
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jeff    

Just saw Julies nip slip, cute!

549 days ago
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Truth    

WHOA!! MILF WAS TELLIN THE TRUTH. SHE HAS 3 SONS, NO LITTLE CHICS. #TRUTH!!

549 days ago
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northern gypsy    

you and i have the luxury of taking sides because we don't work there...her comment was appropriate...

549 days ago
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NancyQ182    

Perhaps it's not that she thinks the allegations were false ,but she doesn't think she's necessarily better off with her sister either. I'm sure the cast is supportive, but don't know the whole story. As a mother, I think Julie Bowen has concerns of her own. For example, the fact that Ariel is being given way too much freedom now, judging by recent activity seen on her Instagram and in the media.

549 days ago
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BouncersSuck    

Newsroom divided over this are u serious?

She doesn't give a f**k about it.

Big Poppa

549 days ago
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DWeaver    

It seems to me that she was blindsided by the question and was trying to think on her feet. She gave a response that could be interpreted either way and put the focus on Ariel. It is a 14-year-old girl who is having her life dramas made public, and it has to be awkward for her costars when they're questioned on what is typically private.

549 days ago
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