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The six adult members of Modern Family are suing 20th Century Fox over their contracts. The six claim the contracts are void due to a California law, and they are all calling for raises as the show rakes in more than $164 million in advertising revenue.

While it’s difficult to wade through the legal jargon, here’s what we have surmised based on reports from The Hollywood Reporter and USA Today:

  • All six adult cast members have contracts through the seventh season.
  • There is a California law stating that no contracts can last longer than seven years, and the cast members claim their contract is for slightly longer than seven years.
  • If the contracts are voided, this opens up the option for them to make more money per episode.
  • They were making $65,000 per episode, but they are looking for more like $150,000 an episode, which is less than what is being made by their compadres at Big Bang Theory.
  • Ed O’Neill was originally not a part of those suing, because he makes more per episode than the rest of the cast, but he joined as an act of solidarity with his fellow cast members.

What are your thoughts? If the show makes so much money then don’t the cast members deserve a larger slice of the pie? Are they asking too much?

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Lulu1 Lupita

    WOW thats a lot of money! So they were making $65,000 per episode for a show that lasts about 23 minutes but now they want $150,000 an episode!!!??? This just blows my mind.

    • gcw07

      All the Friends cast made $100,000 in season 5, $125,000 in season 6. Then they jumped to $750,000 in season 7 and 8. And another jump to $1,000,000 in season 9 and 10. All of this was per episode. So this isn’t unprecedented.

      • Raffc

        Woooow what is a lot of money!

  • Kyle

    Sarah Hyland is an adult.  I’m wondering why she’s not suing.

    • http://twitter.com/PteradactylCat Cat Koski

      She most likely has  different terms in her  contract.

  • Kate

    It always sickens me a little to hear about these squabbles over money when they already have so much, but it’s only fair for them to get their equal share.

  • Steph

    Only 65 000$ per episode? Poor wittle actors, how will they survive?

    • http://twitter.com/PteradactylCat Cat Koski

      Unlike in most careers, an actor won’t always have a job that pays consistently. Not only that but to keep getting jobs they have to spend some serious cash to maintain their appearance, and etc. 

  • Connor

    Overpaid ****s. I’d love to make $65,000 an year…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    greed greed greed.   Why can’t American actors ever just suck it up.  This is why I love British tv, so many of the actors also do theatre.  And they act because they love it, not because they can make millions. 

  • Tyler

    Good for them, the show is highly popular and always does great at the emmys, and they were getting paid little per episode (on acting terms, of course). I think they deserve some more

  • sarahd15

    Wooow, I can’t imagine making $65,000 in like 3 years of work added up! Or more!

  • hpatdh33

    I really lost some respect for these actors, $65,000 an episode adds up. I hate greedy people.

    • http://twitter.com/PteradactylCat Cat Koski

      How is it greedy, to want to be paid fairly for the work that you put in!?

      • hpatdh33

        Yeah, $65,000 for a 20 minute episode where they probably see 7 to 8 minutes of actual air time. Poor Modern Family cast. 

        • http://twitter.com/PteradactylCat Cat Koski

          Yes, their screen time is limited, but they do work 12+ hour days, and one episode can take up to a week to shoot. Also some scenes that are filmed are cut from the final product, to fit the time construct. What viewers don’t see is all the extra time that goes into making the show. including rehearsals, multiple takes, and the long hours each actor works. Not to mention they aren’t paid on an hourly rate because of those extended hours. Hate to break it you, but casts of other 30 min shows earn much more for an episode. So just because this cast is fighting for a raise, you lose respect for them?!

          • hpatdh33

            Yes, I do. :)

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    Though they do get a lot of money, I have to say for one of the leading comedies on air, their pay should probably be on par with their competitor Big Bang. Though the reading of that sentence is slightly confusing. Do the people at Big Bang make over $150,000 or slightly over $65,000???

  • Ev42

    I just have to say, yes, $65,000 is a lot (a LOT) of money, but that doesn’t mean that the actors shouldn’t be payed at the same level as actors of similar shows. We might think the wage level is too high in general, but it still IS that high, and it’s not unreasonable for them to want to be paid the same for the same kind of work. Just my opinion…

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