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TheDailyBeast: TV’s Nastiest Contract Battles

‘Modern Family’ Cast

One big happy family? Think again. A routine table read of "Modern Family" scheduled for Tuesday morning was reportedly delayed at the last minute, as many of the cast members refused to attend. Due to stalled salary negotiations with producer Twentieth Century Fox Television, five actors on the show (Julie Bowen, Sofía Vergara, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet) filed a lawsuit against the company to get out of their current contracts. According to "The Hollywood Reporter," the stars are being offered “$150,000 per episode plus a $50,000 per episode bonus for season 4; $200,000 per episode for season 5; $225,000 for season 6; and up to $325,000 for an anticipated season 9,” but the suing cast members are reportedly asking for a significant amount more, including more than double the offered salaries for seasons 8 and 9. Reps for 20th TV have yet to release a statement, but the show averaged about 13 million viewers during its last season, making it a valuable commodity for the network.

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