Jesse Tyler Ferguson spills the beans on ‘discussions’ with ABC about ‘Modern Family’ spin-off

On Monday’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson revealed there were in fact discussions with ABC for a spin-off. The series ended with his character, Mitch, and Eric Stonestreet’s character Cam moving to Missouri.

“There were discussions,” Ferguson revealed. “I think the network decided against it. That's the first time I ever said that!”

Despite rumors of a spinoff floating around, Ferguson had previously been tight lipped about the possibility. And even though the series won a combined 22 Emmys, he believes the network is looking for a more modern Modern Family.

“I just wonder if this is the right family to tell this story,” Ferguson explained. “I think…we’ve been on for 11 years and they’re ready to move in a different direction.”

Video transcript

- The ending of the show opened up a potential Mitch and Cam spinoff with their new life in Missouri. Any discussions for real about that happening?

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON: There were discussions.

- On Monday's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson revealed there were, in fact, discussions with ABC for a spinoff featuring his character Mitch and Eric Stonestreet character Cam living in Missouri.

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON: There were discussions, and I think the network decided against it. That's the first time-- I've ever said that.

- Really?

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON: Yeah.

- So it was a conversation. And then--

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON: Yeah, I think--

- --ABC said we're not interested--

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON: Maybe this is the Wright family to still tell that story.

- Despite rumors of a spinoff floating around, Ferguson had previously been tight lipped about the possibility. And even though the series 1 combined 22 Emmys, he believes the network is looking for a more "Modern Family."

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON: I think that we had been on for 11 years, and think they were ready to move in a different direction.

- Hulu needs programming.

[LAUGHTER]

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