At least that’s what two-time Emmy champ Eric Stonestreet and showrunner Steven Levitan told Gold Derby exclusively during the season finale screening party on the 20th Century Fox studio lot Monday night. (Watch the full red carpet chats below.)
“I don’t know if we would ever do that. I mean, I don’t foresee Jesse [Tyler Ferguson] and I ever doing that,” Stonestreet admitted. “We don’t think of ourselves as that sort of show. We definitely feel like we all kind of carry the same amount of weight on the show. I can’t speak for other people, but I think we’re pretty much an ensemble.”
Levitan was a bit more diplomatic, but essentially agreed with Stonestreet. “While I think it might be strategically wise for them to [switch from supporting to lead], I think that they’re all such humble and such team players that I can’t see that happening right now. Even though I would completely understand why that would be a valid thing to do. I think they like the message that this sends, that they all feel good about it.
Sounds like two fairly air-tight “No” responses, right? Time to put all those category switch rumors to rest … at least for now.
Throughout the first four season of the show, Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell all triumphed in the supporting acting categories, leaving Ferguson, Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara still on the hunt for their first-ever Emmys.
Levitan has also studied up on his Emmy history, knowing that four wins as Best Comedy Series currently finds “Modern Family” tied with “All in the Family,” “Cheers” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and that one more win will tie the all-time series champ “Frasier.”
Below, watch Stonestreet and Levitan on the red carpet from the “Modern Family” Season 5 wrap party, then vote for Best Comedy Series using our easy drag-and-drop menu.