RadarOnline.com exposes 15 secrets and scandals of the hit TV show Modern Family in a shocking gallery.
ED O’NEILL, SOFIA VERGARA
Ed O'Neill was reportedly the highest paid member of the cast at first, earning a whopping $200,000 per episode. But after intense negotiations by the entire cast, his salary was lowered, according to reports, and he was given a much larger percentage of back-end profits.
TY BURRELL, JULIE BOWEN, JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, AUBREY ANDERSON-EMMONS, SARAH HYLAND, ERIC STONESTREET, JEREMY MAGUIRE, SOFIA VERGARA, BEATRICE THE DOG, ED O’NEILL, RICO RODRIGUEZ, NOLAN GOULD, ARIEL WINTER
The "adult" cast members were initially only paid $30,000 to $90,000 per episode at first, reports claimed, but they banded together and hired a lawyer and their salaries were bumped to around $150,000 per episode.
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Even the kids reportedly negotiated higher salaries! They originally were all paid $15,000 to $20,000 per episode, but upped that to $70,000 with a $10,000 per season raise.
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Even the White House watches! First Lady Michelle Obama said Modern Family was her favorite show.
Julie Bowen, who played Claire Duphy, had a pacemaker installed when she was in her 20s after being diagnosed with a "cardiovascular condition where the regular heartbeat can drop to dangerously low levels," according to WebMD. It "serves as a monitor for me," Bowen said, and even though she doesn't "hear or feel" the device, she's grateful "to live during a time when the technology exists to treat my condition," and is in "excellent health."
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Teenage Ariel Winter, Alex Dunphy on the show, went through a vicious legal battle to become emancipated from her parents.
Winter told the court she was physically and emotionally abused by her mother and that she wanted to live with her older sister, Shanelle Grey. Her mom strongly denied the charges, but a judge granted her request. Still, the battle over her finances raged on for years, with a judge ultimately ordering her mother to turn over thousands of dollars in residual checks to the teen actress.
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Winter admitted that she finally had breast reduction surgery in June 2015. "I was 15 years old with size F breasts. It's like, 'How do you navigate that?'" she said.
Eric Stonestreet, who played Cameron Tucker, was romantically linked with Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel in 2015. "Eric Stonestreet and I are friends. He's an awesome guy. I don't confirm or deny dating rumors and that's what I'm saying," the reality star coyly said about their relationship before stepping out with another boyfriend.
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Sofia Vergara, who plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000 and had her thyroid removed. She takes medication to prevent hypothyroidism.
JEREMY MAGUIRE, SOFIA VERGARA
Vergara, 43, was engaged to Nick Loeb but ended their relationship in 2014. They had planned to have children together and visited a fertility specialist and had two fertilized eggs frozen prior to their breakup. After the split Loeb sued her for rights to implant the embroys in a surrogate. That suit is still ongoing.
SOFIA VERGARA, SARAH HYLAND
Originally from Colombia, Vergara became a United States citizen in 2014.
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The women of the cast were criticized in a 2012 Daily Beast article about their shrinking frames, with the story claiming "Over the course of four seasons, the ABC comedy's actresses have lost so much weight that TV viewers and critics now remark on Julie Bowen's, Sarah Hyland's, and Sofía Vergara's tiny frames as regularly as they do on their storylines."
In 2012 Sarah Hyland, who played Hayley Dunphy, revealed to Seventeen magazine that she had kidney dysplasia and had a kidney transplant that was donated by her father. "You know that family is going to be there for you no matter what," she told the magazine. "My dad gave me a freakin' kidney!"
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Hyland was granted a three-year restraining order against her boyfriend Matthew Prokop in 2014 after claiming he choked her. Prokop never publicly commented on the claims.