Whoa, uncalled for Ed! After the cast of ‘Modern Family’ took home the top TV comedy prize at the SAG Awards on Jan. 18, Ed made a quip about his cast mate Ariel’s estranged mother, turning a happy moment totally awkward.
Ed O’Neill Jokes About Ariel Winter’s Mom
After their win for Outstanding Comedy Ensemble, the entire Modern Family cast assembled in the SAG press room to field a couple questions. One journalist asked the female stars what beauty knowledge they picked up from their mothers, and not missing a beat, Ed jumped in and said, “Ariel should take this one.”
Ariel, 15, has been estranged from her mom, Chrisoula Workman, since Nov. 2012, when Chrisoula was accused of physically and emotionally abusing Ariel. The Modern Family star was removed from her mother’s custody and her older sister, Shanelle Gray, is now her legal guardian.
So you can see how inappropriate — and maybe even mean — it was of Ed to make a joke about Ariel’s mom, knowing how dramatic and painful the teen’s home life was. The 67-year-old actor was clearly just joking, but there are some things that should just be left alone.
To Ariel’s credit, she didn’t overreact to the slight. Instead, she just smiled while her costars Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara fielded the question.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Was Ed totally out of line when he made the joke about Ariel’s mom? Let us know!
— Andrew Gruttadaro