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Craig T. Nelson Passed On Modern Family Over Money

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Money talk$!

TV veteran Craig T. Nelson admits passing on the role of Jay, played by Ed O'Neill, in ABC's hit show Modern Family.

When Craig was asked if he turned down the role because he already had the part on Parenthood, he responded, "No. Money."

He adds:

"I’m old enough to say it, I guess. That was it. I really wanted to do Modern Family and I really liked the script and I liked the people. I just said, 'You know what? I’ve been doing this too long.' We’re in the middle of a cutback here, ladies and gentlemen, in Hollywood and salaries have gone way, way down. I just felt disrespected to tell you the truth."

Didn't he save his Coach money??

Ed O'Neill got the better deal….He got the bigger hit!

Honestly though, we're glad Craig passed up Modern Family because we couldn't even imagine the show without Ed!

Hope Parenthood doesn't get canceled because that would be a major boo-boo on your part, Craig!

[Image via WENN.]

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17 comments to “Craig T. Nelson Passed On Modern Family Over Money”

  1. 1

    They're here………..

  2. 2

    Parenthood is a fantastic show with excellent writing & nuanced acting. Nelson is perfectly cast & I'm happy he made the choice he did. I doubt that show is going away anytime soon.

  3. 3

    Parenthood is doing great for NBC. I love it and he is the perfect actor for that job. I wish he'd have said that he's grateful to be on Parenthood and that he made the right choice. :(

  4. 4

    Ew he sounds like a big douchey actor.

  5. 5

    probably a very dumb choice in retrospect, but I feel that Ed O'neill couldn't possibly do a better job than he does. I'm just glad it all worked out. I love that show, every single character.

  6. 6

    thankfully he said no

  7. 7

    Ed O'Niel ROCKS the part!! He did a good job as Al Bundy, he did great in the movie Dutch and many other supporting roles. He doesn't get the credit he deserves for the work he has done.

  8. 8

    Re: cocoabeans – LOL - don't they all??

  9. 9

    He is great on Parenthood.

  10. 10

    sorry, Coach….you're no Al Bundy

  11. 11

    Both great shows!! Though Modern Family is my absolute fav!! I am glad Ed is on the show though, he is perfect for that role!

  12. 12

    Modern Family's not a non-profit documentary. Nelson has the right to take projects on his terms. Good for him. And, maybe he did save his Coach money, and that's why he can pick and choose…

  13. cdfhd says – reply to this


    Parenthood is a much better show than modern family. If parenthood gets cancelled I will consider killing myself. Parenthood is such a good show! I live for it!

  14. 14

    Parenthood is a great show and Craig T. does a super job on it. I think he made the right choice!

  15. 15

    I love both Ed and Craig. I'm glad he went to parenthood cause I love both parenthood and modern family. this way I get to watch both my fav. actors :D I cant imagine Ed doing parenthood and Craig doing modern family.

  16. 16

    both men are perfect for their parts and both shows are fantastic. nuff said.

  17. 17

    whoa, seriously dude, who do you think you are?!?! your prime has passed