The ‘Modern Family’ cast have settled a long and bitter salary debate, ending in their favor!
The ABC’s adult cast; Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara, have closed deals that will nearly triple their previous salaries.
The cast was making $65,000 per episode, and now, following the salary dispute, the cast will earn somewhere around $170,000 – $175,000 per episode! With a season of 22 episodes, that means the cast will earn $3.8 million per season.
Agreeing in principle to their new contracts with producer 20th Century Fox Friday, the actors have also dropped the lawsuit filed July 24 that claimed their current contracts were a violation of a California law that prohibits personal service contracts from exceeding seven years.
As part of the new deal, the actors will add a year to their existing seven-season contracts, despite 20th Century Fox’s request to add two.
“It’s no surprise, but I’m of course thrilled and I cannot wait to get on stage Monday morning and start making the show again,” co-creator Steve Levitan told The Hollywood Reporter.
Added co-creator Christopher Lloyd: “It was a distraction more than anything. And I think the cast feels the same way. It was never arduous. Now other people can go on with the numbers and we’ll go on with the letters.”
What do you think about their raise? Do you think the cast deserves it? I tend to think the cast typically DOES deserve the money. You know the network can afford it, and the actors are the ones making the show successful. Something tells me before the show is done – they’ll get more raises!