20 Startling Behind-The-Scenes Secrets About Modern Family

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Since we were first introduced to Modern Family in 2009, America has been in love with the hilarious and often touching hijinks of the Dunphys. But although we may feel we know everything there is to know about the quirky extended clan, there are many aspects of the show that might surprise even the most loyal viewers. Take a look behind the scenes to discover everything from castmembers’ hidden health issues to details of people who absolutely hated working on the show.

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20. Ed O’Neill once offended a co-star

Turns out that there may be some crossover between Ed O’Neill and his Modern Family character Jay Pritchett. After all, Jay is known for his outdated, backward views on many issues, and O’Neill’s juvenile attitude toward homosexuality once got him uninvited from Married… with Children co-star Amanda Bearse’s wedding. Hopefully the actor has apologized since…

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19. Ariel Winter comes from a very troubled family

Alex Dunphy may be the youngest child of a loving, supportive family, but the actress who plays her, Ariel Winter, apparently didn’t have as great a time growing up as her on-screen alter ego did. In 2012, for instance, Winter’s sister Shanelle Workman alleged that their mother physically and emotionally abused Winter; the screen star was then legally emancipated from her parent.

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