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'Modern Family' star Ty Burrell on Emmys, TCA Awards and the big gay kiss-off

June 15, 2010 |  8:41 am

For the last three years, "30 Rock" has crushed all rivals in the race for best comedy series, but it now faces two serious new rivals: "Modern Family" and "Glee."

Some Emmy pundits believe "Modern Family" has the best shot to win because Emmy voters, historically, have eagerly embraced family sitcoms — from "I Love Lucy" and "Make Room for Daddy" to "Everybody Loves Raymond." I dish all that with "Modern Family's" doofus dad, Ty Burrell, who also addresses the show's nominations for TV Critics Assn. Awards, the cast's controversial decision to compete only in the supporting categories at the Emmys, plus the hubbub surrounding the program's apparent ban on gay kissing.

Modern Family Ty Burrell gay kiss controversy

Burrell's costar Ed O'Neill recently caused a flapdoodle by dimissing outrage over the TV series' double standard on straight/gay kissing as "half amusing, half annoying." Burrell treats the topic more seriously, telling Gold Derby that the fact that the way that gay characters "Mitch and Cam show their affection for one another, or don't show their affection for one another, is very telling about their characters." Of the show's other two couples — both heterosexual — only Burrell's character and his wife (Julie Bowen) kiss. There have been no smooches between Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara). "It's interesting that no one has brought that up about Jay and Gloria not having kissed yet," he adds. If the rumors are true that the series' writers will finally have Mitch and Cam buss in Season 2, "I just don't think it will have much of a frame around it," he says. "I don't think we'll have a very special episode of 'Modern Family.' I think it will come, basically, naturally."

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Photo: Phil and Claire (Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen) smooch while gay couple Mitch and Cam (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet) merely hug. (ABC)

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