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"Modern Family" star Ed O'Neill does not want his character killed off the show, contrary to reports circulating in the tabloids and online. Gossip Cop can exclusively bust the false claims. We're told by O'Neill's rep that such stories are "completely incorrect."

O'Neill stars on the hit ABC sitcom as patriarch Jay Pritchett. The series premiered in 2009 and is currently in its ninth season. Over the years, the show has been the subject of much critical acclaim, with O'Neill earning Screen Actors Guild Awards and Emmy Awards nominations. With the rest of the star-studded cast, he took home the SAG honor for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

But despite the program's overwhelming success, Life & Style is claiming O'Neill wants out. In fact, an article in its new issue is headlined, "Modern Family's Ed: Kill Me Off!" The piece begins by asserting the veteran actor has a "death wish," at least when it comes to his character. The gossip magazine notes O'Neill is signed through the 10th season, but contends that "there's been talk of at least one more after that."

"That's the last thing Ed wants to do. He's ready to retire," a so-called "insider" claims. Then, unnaturally using the full name of O'Neill's character, the outlet's supposed source alleges, "He thinks his character, Jay Pritchett, should die — in a funny way, of course." Yes, because death is so naturally humorous. In more suspiciously expository language, the alleged tipster adds, "He'll be 72 in April, and he just wants to take a break."

Already, OK! has picked up the claims and is regurgitating them on its website with the declaration, "'Modern Family' Star Ed O'Neill Wants His Character To Be Killed Off The Show!" The tabloid asks, "Could 'Modern Family' be losing one of its most important cast members?" But because the magazine didn't do any of its own investigating or fact-checking, it doesn't actually know the real answer.

Gossip Cop, however, does. Contrary to the claims of an untraceable tabloid "source," a rep for O'Neill exclusively tells us that claims he wants to be killed off the show are "definitely not true" and "completely incorrect." And while Life & Style maintains there's "talk" of an 11th season, the "Modern Family" creators said just last month that the show will likely end with season 10.

Now the publication is zero for two when it comes to reporting on the series today. In addition to this inaccurate tale about O'Neill, the outlet also has a story in its latest edition that wrongly alleges star Julie Bowen is dating "Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan. As Gossip Cop reported earlier, that claim wasn't the least bit true, either.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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