Modern Family's Gay Kiss Is Happening...and Was Planned All Along

Show boss reveals plan was always in the works and not a response to controversy

By Kristin Dos Santos Aug 23, 2010 7:30 PMTags
Modern Family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric StonestreetABC/RON TOM

Good news for Facebook campaigners and anyone else who's been waiting with bated breath to see when Modern Family's Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) would pucker up...

The kiss is happening. In fact, they're shooting a Cam-Mitchell "PDA" episode soon. And show boss Steve Levitan wants you to know something very important about it:

It was planned all along. Before the Cam-Mitch kiss controversy started up.

"We've had an episode planned for a long time that dealt with that subject of [Cameron and Mitchell's PDA]," Levitan told us at a cocktail reception for Emmy-nominated producers last night. "So it almost bothers us that there was a little bit of controversy about it. Because we don't want to appear that we're answering that criticism. But sure enough, we're dealing with public displays of affection, and the power of a kiss. Seems simple, but intriguing—I hope."

"I think it's great that people care so much," Stonestreet says. "I always am confused why they don't worry about shows that don't have any gay characters on them. They should put some focus on them as well, but we'll give the audience exactly what they need."

"I mean, Ed and Sofia also never kiss," Ferguson points out, "but they seem to care more ‘cause we are the gay couple. But we're all proceeding and progressing and moving forward, there'll be lots of everything."

Maybe so. But Ed O'Neill still isn't satisfied. "My idea was Christmas," he jokes to me, "but go right to oral sex. You know, in the easy chair by the tree with Christmas carols. Maybe the camera outside, amber light, snow gently falling, some soft moaning. And we go out on that."

And this guy was the only Modern Family actor not nominated for Actor in a Comedy at the Emmys? Puh-lease!

Anyone else counting the minutes 'til Mod Fam returns?


Follow @kristindsantos on Twitter for more PDA of Modern Family and other good shows.