ED O’NEILL ADMITS HE WASN’T FIRST CHOICE FOR “MODERN FAMILY”
Modern Family costar Ed O’Neill (above left) says he almost didn’t get the part of the head of the family Jay Pritchett on the hit sitcom. As he tells it, both he and “Coach” star Craig T Nelson were up for the role. When Ed read the script he immediately decided the show would be a hit, and he was very disappointed when Nelson was chosen for the part. But Ed’s manager told him that Craig asked for too much money and Ed happily signed on the dotted line. So THAT’S how he got the part and Ed told Rolling Stone that he laughed later when he heard that Craig was furious and wanted to fire his manager and agent when the show became a success.