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December 22, 2014

Tuc Watkins, who played gay on Desperate Housewives, believes Modern Family couple is 80s stereotype

Openly gay actor Tuc Watkins has gotten Jesse Tyler Ferguson's attention with his Facebook post ripping on Modern Family's Cam and Mitch.

Watkins wrote that while he finds the ABC show ‘clever, hilarious, even terrifically subtle,’ he also has ‘a hard time laughing at the gay guys. In fact, I kinda cringe. It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of “blackface.”'

He added: 'It doesn’t feel “modern” at all. Sure, people come in all shapes, sizes, etc. So why are we fed such 80s stereotypes every week?'

October 3, 2014

Fraternity brother and girlfriend stop having sex and ask for photos with the Modern Family stars

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet sound like they are even more fun off screen than they are on as Mitch and Cam on ABC's Modern Family.

The on-screen couple paid a visit to Stonestreet's alma mater, Kansas State, recently where they did a talk with students.

After the official event, the friends went bar hopping then ended up at the fraternity house where Stonestreet lived during his student days.

August 26, 2014

Fifth season of popular sitcom culminated in wedding of gay couple Mitch and Cam

ABC's Modern Family made it five for five at the Emmys on Monday (25 August).

The popular comedy won a record-tying fifth Emmy for best comedy series meaning it has won for each year it has been on the air.

C0-creator Steve Levitan accepted the award and was flanked on the stage by the cast including Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet who play gay couple Mitch and Cam on the show.

The engagement and planning of Mitch and Cam's wedding was one of the season's main storylines with the two-part season finale culminating in their tying the knot.

July 2, 2014

Iranian comedy series Haft Sang is a near scene-for-scene remake of US series Modern Family but its makers have written out all the gay characters or made them straight

Iranian audiences are loving LGBTI inclusive US comedy series Modern Family without even knowing it.

It turns out that the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting TV channel has been ripping off the show scene-for-scene minus gay dads Mitch and Cam.

In Haft Sang, an unauthorized remake of the show, their parts have either been written out or given a heterosexual makeover as Iranian TV tries to translate the appeal of the ABC hit show within the strict religious guidelines of an Iranian theocratic state.

May 23, 2014

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet want to let these 'brave men and women step out of the tabloids'

Much has been made this week of how the Modern Family couple of Cam and Mitch, who got married this week on the ABC comedy, are role models that are helping people be more accepting of real-life gay couples.

The actors who play Cam and Mitch are straight Eric Stonestreet and gay Jesse Tyler Ferguson who appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week to use their platform to try and bring about even more positive social change.

May 22, 2014

Creator Steve Levitan: 'I think its got an abundance of heart but I also think that it's a really funny episode'

The characters of Mitch and Cam become legally married tonight in the second of a two-part episode focusing on their wedding.

The episode airs on the same week that same-sex marriage became legal in the US states of Oregon and Pennsylvania and the marriage equality debate rages on in courtrooms, on cable television and online message boards.

But the creators and cast members of the multiple-Emmy winning ABC comedy have stuck to their unofficial motto of ‘comedy first’ when it comes to their same-sex nuptials.

May 13, 2014

'It's what the audience deserves and what Mitch and Cam deserve and I'm just glad we're getting to do it'

Modern Family's harried gay dads Mitch and Cam are tying the knot in a two-part wedding season finale that begins airing this week.

Eric Stonestreet, who has won two Emmys over five seasons for his portrayal of Cam, told Ellen DeGeneres this week on her daytime talk show that it's a culmination for the characters and for fans.

'It's a great journey that Mitch and Cam have been on,' he said. 'It's what the audience deserves and what Mitch and Cam deserve and I'm just glad we're getting to do it.'

April 30, 2014

Stonestreet: 'This just feels really great to know that at the end of 5 years Mitch and Cam are having a little bit of completion of their relationship'

For five years, they have played the fictional couple of Cam and Mitch on ABC's Modern Family.

But when it came time to shoot the upcoming two-part wedding episode featuring their characters as the grooms, the emotions got unexpectedly real.

'I have great affection for this man,' Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitch, said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week.

October 8, 2013

Out actor has been nominated for two Emmys for role of Pepper Saltzman

Don't worry Mitch and Cam, Pepper Saltzman is here to help you with your upcoming wedding on Modern Family.

Or maybe start worrying.

The hilariously overbearing character, played by Nathan Lane, will appear in an upcoming episode when Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) allow him to help in the planning of their big day.

September 26, 2013

Show is fresh off winning fourth consecutive Emmy for outstanding comedy

Cam and Mitch are getting married.

On the fifth season premiere of ABC's Modern Family Wednesday (25 September), Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) propose to each other and both say 'yes' in unison.

The couple, who have an adopted daughter, Lily, found out early in the episode that they could finally legally marry. The plot then involved planning their respective proposals to each other.

Ferguson live tweeted during the telecast with the newly married gay actor writing at one point: 'Yay gay marriage!'

May 16, 2013

Campaign launched to urge producers and writers to create wedding episode

The American Civil Liberties Union, which usually advocates for the rights of real-life people, has started a campaign to tru and and get a fictional gay couple married.

That couple is Cameron and Mitchell on ABC's Emmy winning comedy series Modern Family.

A campaign, complete with a website for RSVPs, has been created by the advocacy arm of the civil liberties group called ACLU Action.

May 16, 2013

'I’m basically doing no acting at all. We’re all clichés of ourselves'

Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is aware there are those who think that his character of Mitch and TV husband Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) aren't a positive representation of LGBT people.

He begs to differ.

December 31, 2012

Modern Family star reportedly wanted to get off island before sunset

In what sounds like something Mitch and Cam might do on an episode of Modern Family, actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his group reportedly 'hijacked' a chartered jet in St. Barts in an attempt to get off the island before the airport closed at sunset.

November 16, 2012

His character of Phil is clueless as he also shares shirtless hug with gay man

You would think that after all these years of having Mitch and Cam as brothers-in-law that Modern Family's Phil Dunphy would be a little less clueless.

Or maybe he's become so comfortable being around gay men he doesn't even know when he's on a date with one!

That's what happened on this week's episode of ABC's Modern Family when Phil (Emmy winner Ty Burrell) invites Mitch and Cam's gay friend over to watch some football.

The friend, played by two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick, completely misreads the situation and thinks he's on a date.

October 22, 2012

Chad Griffin: 'I initially wondered if they were serious'

Since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is very publicly against gay marriage, there was much surprise when his wife, Ann Romney, said one of their favorite shows was ABC's Modern Family which features the gay couple of Cam and Mitch.

Among those surprised, and amused, was Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.

August 30, 2012

Talk show host makes suggestion after learning ABC comedy is one of Romney's favorite shows

The wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has gotten a little more than she bargained for after mentioning in an interview that her favorite show is ABC's Modern Family which features the gay couple of Cam and Mitch.

The show's creator and executive producer Steve Levitan took to Twitter this week to respond to Ann Romney's taste ion TV shows which would seem to fly in the face of her husband's political stance against gay marriage.

'We'll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam's wedding. As soon as it's legal,' Levitan tweeted.

August 28, 2012

Steve Levitan: 'We'll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam's wedding. As soon as it's legal'

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, says her favorite show is the ABC comedy Modern Family which features the gay couple of Cam and Mitch.

The couple are raising an adopted daughter in the Emmy-winning show that revolves around Cam and Mitch as well as the families of Mitch's father and sister.

The show's creator and executive producer Steve Levitan took to Twitter to respond to the potential First Lady's television taste which would seem to fly in the face of her husband's political stance against gay marriage.

August 1, 2012

Steve Levitan: 'The minute it becomes our agenda, it loses some of what makes it perhaps special'

It was in the first episode of Modern Family in 2009 that gay couple Cam and Mitch introduced their adopted baby, Lily, to the world.

Since then, the couple - played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet - has been an integral part of the comedy's Emmy-winning formula.

Other US networks have taken notice.

This fall, Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells star as a gay couple having a baby with the help of a surrogate mother in the NBC comedy The New Normal. And over at CBS, Michael Urie and Brandon Routh play a couple in the sitcom Partners.

July 24, 2012

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet among those to reject offer

Cam and Mitch want more money.

Well, at least the actors who portray the gay couple on ABC's Modern Family do.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet have joined castmates Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara on Tuesday (24 July) in suing to void their contracts on the Emmy winning show.

April 6, 2012

Says for a lot of people, Max is 'an honest representation of who they are'

The US television landscape has become increasingingly populated with gay characters including Kurt and Blaine on Glee, Mitch and Cam on Modern Family, and a total of five characters on Smash.

Some would say that in one way or another, each of these characters fits into one stereotype or another people may have of a gay male.

Then there is Max Blum on the ABC comedy Happy Endings which just completed its second season this week.

February 20, 2012

Writers honor ABC sitcom with prominent gay couple raising a child

ABC's sitcom Modern Family has won the best TV comedy prize at the Writers Guild of America Awards for the third consecutive year.

The critical and ratings hit prominently features gay couple Cam and Mitch (played by Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who are raising a young daughter.

After the Sunday (19 February) night awards ceremony in Hollywood, Stonestreet sent a humorous congratulations tweet out to the writers: 'The writers won! congrats to you all! again, without your words, we actors are just hot, sexy hunks of silky, supple flesh.'

February 16, 2012

Modern Family star tells Gay Star News marriage foes embrace Mitch & Cam

Jesse Tyler Ferguson was on the Los Angeles set of Modern Family last week when the 9th District U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Between shooting scenes as Mitch on the ABC comedy, Ferguson had taken a pen and made a sign that read: 'How could you not want to see us tie the knot?' and posed holding it with actor Eric Stonestreet who plays his husband, Cam, on the series.

February 8, 2012

Stars take to Twitter to express their support for gay marriage

Actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, who play gay couple Cam and Mitch on ABC's Modern Family, reacted in character when 9th District U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Stonestreet, who is straight, posted a photo that he took with the openly gay Ferguson in which they are holding a sign which reads: 'Wouldn't you like to see us get married?'

January 10, 2012

Steve Levitan says Cam and Mitch have been embraced around the world

While gay marriage has been a hot topic in the GOP presidential primaries, Modern Family creator Steve Levitan told TV critics Tuesday (10 January) that there has been very little pushback about his show's gay couple.

'To the far-right, watch the show and I kind of dare you to not love Cam and Mitch,' Levitan said. 'I'm pleasantly surprised to the world's reaction to that part of our modern family.'