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The ‘Modern Family’ cast wants out of their contracts

The ‘Modern Family’ cast wants out of their contracts
July 26, 2012 JEREMY FEIST
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To be honest, I really do like Modern Family. I mean, I’m not head-over-heels in love with it the way I am with certain other shows (no one can ever replace you, my darling RuPaul’s Drag Race …) but I still really enjoy it. That being said, it looks like some of the contracts might not be completely on the level, or so says this lawsuit filed by all the adult cast members of the show, claiming that the contracts aren’t legal and that they want new, better and legaler contracts. Legaler isn’t really an adjective, but just go with it. Entertainment Weekly reports:

Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet filed a lawsuit today against 20th Century Fox Television seeking to void their current deals claiming they violate California’s “Seven-Year Rule” that prohibits personal service contracts lasting longer than seven years. Casts of popular shows frequently renegotiate for higher salaries between seasons 3 and 4 while committing to stay with the series beyond season 7. Ed O’Neill, whose salary is believed to be on a different level than his costars, is also unhappy with the studio’s latest offer and will join his costars’ lawsuit out of solidarity, according to The Hollywood Reporter. UPDATE: A rep for O’Neill confirms to EW he’ll join the suit.

I really do not have any idea what that means, mostly because I’m not an entertainment lawyer, but I’m going to assume it’s because … They last longer than seven years, and that’s bad I guess? I don’t even know anymore … I just want to watch the chubby kid be precocious. Is that too much to ask?!

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