Modern Family to kill off “significant character”

Ten seasons in, Modern Family has decided to kill off “a significant character” -usually a sign a show is creatively struggling or a cast member wants out (…or both).

“We’re handling some bigger life events in this season,” co-creator Christopher Lloyd has told EW. “We do deal with a death, which is certainly a topic that families have to deal with, and on television, it’s not easy to do because that’s a heavy subject. But at the same time, it would seem unusual for a family not to go through it.”

He adds that he/she is a “significant character on the series” and the death “will be a moving event — and an event that has repercussions across several episodes.”

The show is also entering the final year of its current contract with Lloyd noting, “Well, if we can do another season, we may as well. I’m hoping that we have some news on that [soon], and if it winds up that we tried and just couldn’t make it work, we will have a great final season for sure.”


  1. Yeah probably be DeDe.

    Though it would be interesting if it turned out to be Gloria, with Jay obviously being older, the families and Jay would think he’d be passing first and it would add a whole lot to Jay’s character and the family seeing him like they never have before (distraught, sad and etc).

  2. I imagine it will be DeDe, Shelly Long’s character. Her death would be felt in all 3 of the family segments and will allow the show to present most likely 3 very different styles of dealing with the loss.

  3. My guess is this will be DeDe (played by Shelly Long), Jay’s ex-wife and Claire and Mitchell’s mum. She’s a recurring character without being a regular.

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