It’s hungry at the top…
As in, money hungry. In the playful, halcyon early days of hit ABC sitcom Modern Family, there were group hugs all around. No mas, The National Enquirer reports. The cast is caught up in an "old-fashioned war over money."
"Cast members go for the throat as they battle for big raises," the headline reads.
According to the Enquirer, Modern Family’s castmembers are in the process of renegotiating their salaries "with the series on a hot streak."
"Each cast member wants a bigger piece of the pie than the others, especially in light of the show’s ratings success and the big bucks syndication deal that was cut last year," a show insider tells the Enquirer. "Their agents are climbing over each other’s backs trying to get the best deal."
On top of Modern Family’s financial food chain?
Ed "Married with Children" O’Neill, who earned a reported $100,00 per show last season. The Enquirer estimates O’Neill will take down $150,000 per this season.
Which brings us to our own, loveable gay-on-the-show but straight-in-real-life, Eric Stonestreet.
Stonestreet and other castmembers reportedly "banked" somewhere between $30,000 and $60,000 per show last season. Which if you do the math on O’Neill means they would be in line to get – what? – $45,000 to $90,000.
"They all think they’re worth $100,000 an episode and Stonestreet’s rep wants even more because he won an Emmy," the Enquirer‘s source says.
Modern Family ranks No. 1 with viewers "in the key 18-49 year-old demographic," the Enquirer reports.
As for those warm and fuzzy early days and group hugs of season’s past, "On the surface, the cast comes across as one big happy family," the Enquirer‘s source says. "But now the knives have come out. The sentiment is, ‘the hell with solidarity, it’s every star for himself!’ "