'Modern Family' Cast Tries to Break Their Contract with Fox

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The cast of Modern Family is suing 20th Centruy Fox Television to void their contract.

Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara said their contracts were illegal under California’s Seven-Year Rule, which bars personal service contracts of more than seven years. No need to panic as the lawsuit is a way for the actors to get more money.

The actors had been offered $150,000 per episode and a $50,000 bonus per episode for the upcoming fourth season, and $200,000 for the fifth season.

Actor Ed O’Neill, who was the biggest name when the show began, negotiated a separate agreement from his castmates and earns more than they do. Initially he did not join the cast in the suit but has since joined as a sign of solidarity.

Burrell, Bowen, Ferguson and Stonestreet say their contracts lock them in for seven years and allow them salary increases capped at 4 percent per year while Vergara’s raises are capped at 5 percent per year, according to the suit.