'Modern' goodbye

'Modern Family' cast reacts to their series finale on social media

It's the end of a "Modern" era: On April 8, "Modern Family" aired its emotional series finale.

The stars of the beloved and award-winning ABC sitcom took to social media that night and the next morning to reflect, offer gratitude and share love with one another and their fans after 11 seasons.

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"Just like that, it's over," Jesse Tyler Ferguson wrote alongside a photo of himself taking a selfie as the cast said goodbye. "11 years of my life spent with these beautiful souls. you all have played such a huge part in the forming of my being. I will never forget. I'm definitely gonna miss this. To the fans, Thank you for standing with us through it all. We owe it all to you." He also told his co-stars in another post, "wish I could hug you all tonight after the show. I love this family so so much. ❤️."

Sofia Vergara posted the same pic as Jesse and captioned it, "I will love my american family forever❤️❤️❤️❤️."

Jesse's TV husband, Eric Stonestreet, shared an image of the cast hugging at the bottom of the Dunphy family's stairs. "To my TV family. In 11 years there has been so much we have all been through individually and uniquely together. @brothersosborne is right. We ain't getting out of this love alive. ❤️ you all," he wrote.

"Thank you to my fake family. I love you," Julie Bowen wrote on Instagram alongside a snapshot of herself talking to her old castmates on Zoom.

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Sarah Hyland took to Instagram to tell fans, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. To put it in Bachelor terms, I've had an incredible journey with this show," she captioned a slideshow of photos including some of her and her younger co-stars as kids and now as adults. "Our cast and crew were always phenomenal and we very quickly grew to be a real life #modernfamily I will miss these people tremendously but am so grateful I was lucky enough to work with them." She also shared a fun snapshot of herself talking to her old co-stars on Zoom.

Ariel Winter shared a loving goodbye to fans along with a slideshow of photos on Instagram, calling herself "so lucky." She also posted a fun shot on her Instagram Stories of herself chatting online with the other all-grown-up kids from "Modern Family."

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Nolan Gould shared an absolutely crushing photo of himself crying as he embraces his colleagues. "11 years of laughs, tears, and love. Can't believe it's over. So much love for the best damn cast and crew in Hollywood who've made me who I am today. I wouldn't be the same without you. What a journey it's been. Thank you to everyone who has believed in me and helped get me here. Thank you to my family and friends," he captioned the heartbreaking snapshot. "I hope that our finale brought laughter and hope in these crazy times. I hope that you laughed, cried, and were able to escape for a bit. Remember that there's nothing more important than the love we share for our fellow humans. You'll always be part of our family. Thank you."

Rico Rodriguez posted a shot of Sofia taking a selfie of the cast. "When I was 9 years old, I started work on a pilot called 'My American Family.' As an actor, you go through a long process for a job. Class after class, audition after audition, just hoping to get that right opportunity in front of the right casting director so you can show them your skills. Filming the pilot, then all of season one of what we now know as 'Modern Family,' I knew we were working on something special," he wrote in part.

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When I was 9 years old, I started work on a pilot called "My American Family". As an actor, you go through a long process for a job. Class after class, audition after audition, just hoping to get that right opportunity in front of the right casting director so you can show them your skills. Filming the pilot, then all of season one of what we now know as "Modern Family", I knew we were working on something special. I could feel it. Coming to work every day with my cast and crew never actually felt like work, it felt more like hanging out with my extended family. 11 years later and here we are airing our final episodes tonight. Words cannot even begin to describe the life changing experience I have had on this show. I have, quite literally, grown up right before everyone's eyes. Starting @abcmodernfam, Manny was someone who was very opposite to myself, but overtime our personalities have rubbed off on each other. Our fan base here and around the world is something I appreciate so much. A big reason why I loved working on this show, was the family atmosphere on and off the camera. We are showcasing something that will forever be relatable, family. When fans come up to me and say "can I hug you? I feel like you're my son, or nephew, or cousin." It makes me laugh, because that's what our show's true message has always been. Family. No matter what type of day you have, you can turn on the tv on Wednesday nights and get a laugh or two from your tv family. Thank you Chris Lloyd & @stevelevitan for creating Manny. Thank you @jeffgreenbergcd for believing I was the best choice. Thank you Jeff Morton for always keeping the ship sailing. Thank you to all of our writers for writing the funny, emotional & relatable moments, week after week. Thank you to ABC and 20th Century for this opportunity of a lifetime. Thank you to my Team Rodriguez for always believing in me. Thank you to my parents, my siblings, & all of my family & friends for always being by my side throughout my acting journey. But especially thank you to our fans, who have continued to watch our show for the past 11 seasons. I hope you all tune in tonight at 8/7c on ABC & celebrate with us one final time. ❤

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"I could feel it. Coming to work every day with my cast and crew never actually felt like work, it felt more like hanging out with my extended family," Rico added. "11 years later and here we are airing our final episodes tonight. Words cannot even begin to describe the life changing experience I have had on this show. I have, quite literally, grown up right before everyone's eyes."

Studio support

DC Comics boss discusses Zachary Levi's superhero future following 'anti-vaxx' tweet

Amid backlash for a social media post that many interpreted as anti-vaxx, DC Comics is continuing to stand by Zachary Levi, the star or the "Shazam" franchise.

Last week, Zach publicly came out pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, and many immediately labeled him an "anti-vaxxer." 

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The situation began after Moorhouse Group CEO Lyndon Wood asked in a tweet, "Do you agree or not, that Pfizer is a real danger to the world?" Zach replied, "Hardcore agree." Pfizer, of course, was one of the main companies to roll out a COVID vaccine in 2021. 

On Monday, Jan. 30, James Gunn, the new co-head of DC Studios, addressed Zach's tweet and future with the studio. 

"Just real simply: Actors and filmmakers that I work with are going to say things that I agree with and things that I don't agree with," he said, according to Variety. "And that's going to happen. I don't have a list of things that somebody should say because of what I think. And you know, I can't be changing my plans all the time because an actor says something that I don't agree with."

He added, "By the same token, if somebody's doing something morally reprehensible then that's a different story. We have to take all that stuff into account. It's a balance. It's modern world and it's a different place."

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Zach's tweet comes less than two months before the release of "Shazam! Fury of the Gods." 

While the 42-year-old hasn't necessarily doubled down on his Pfizer criticism, he attempted to clarify his stance, posting a link to Pfizer's $2.3 billion fraud settlement from 2009. 

"Just one example of what I'm referring to…," he added.

Changed perspective

Antonio Banderas details how 2017 heart attack shaped his newfound outlook

In a very real way, Antonio Banderas is thankful for the heart attack he suffered in 2017. 

"It made me appreciate life in a completely different way and in a much more powerful way. It changed my life entirely and completely for good," he said on Britain's "This Morning."

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The "Mask of Zorro" star began experiencing chest pains during a workout in 2017, and he later found out that it was a heart attack. 

From that moment on, he was a changed man.

With hindsight being 20/20, Antonio wishes he was more appreciative about life when he was younger, something he now hopes to imprint on the younger generation.

"After Covid, kids were asking themselves 'why can't we go to school,' it was there in the environment, we took a chance to reflect," he said. "Kids, they know more than we think. They understand and it's good to reflect with them on these issues." 

"What they are learning at the end is to praise life, how wonderful life is. Life is a beautiful thing, we have only one and we have to take care of it," he said. 

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Earlier in the week, the 62-year-old actor also spoke about his health with The Radio Times.

"I had a heart attack six years ago. It probably was one of the best things that happened in my life. It was like putting glasses on and seeing what was important," Antonio said. "I came back to Spain and started looking at my professional life from a different point of view."

The heart attack, he added, was a "turning point" that prompted his decision to quit smoking. 

"Since my heart attack, I'm looking only for the pleasure of acting. That's it," he said. "I don't care about anything else. For me, life starts when somebody says, 'Action!' – or when the curtain comes up."

Now you see him, now you don't

'Yellowstone' star who plays Rip 'unrecognizable' during Disney World trip

Just call him the incognito Dutton of Disney.

Cole Hauser is known to many for his rugged looks and dark beard as Rip Wheeler in Paramount's "Yellowstone." However, in a family picture posted from Disney World on Monday, Jan. 30, Cole looked almost nothing like his famous character. In fact, fans said he was "unrecognizable."

"Did anyone recognize you?" one fan commented on Cole Instagram picture, which showed him with a trimmed brownish-red beard, a vast departure from his look on the Dutton Ranch, where Rip is the top ranch hand. In the new real-life snap, Cole donned a baseball and polo shirt, not exactly a cowboy hat and duster.

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"Way to go incognito Rip," one follower said of the Rip-less look. Another applauded his ability to "blend in."

"Is this the REAL Cole Hauser?," another questioned. Added another, "You are almost unrecognizable! Great disguise you got there."

In addition to the family photo — which included Cole's wife, Cynthia Daniel, and their sons, Ryland, 18, and Colt, 14 — the former "Good Will Hunting" star posted a video from a roller coaster. Naturally, a slew of followers spoke about the "Train Station," a clear reference to "Yellowstone."

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While the majority of Cole's 1.5 million Instagram followers commented with well wishes, a smattering of others criticized Disney and Cole for choosing to spend his day at the Florida theme park.

"Cole – so many of us are not supporting Disney anymore – please research the programming and wokeness they have going on," one said. Another proclaimed, "Get your last ride in, Woke is shutting that down."

For his part, Cole used his Instagram caption to thank the Disney staff for the "great time" and "wonderful experience."

One could argue that "Yellowstone" is more of a roller coaster than Space Mountain!

Health concern

Hulk Hogan has lost feeling in his legs after back surgery: It's 'pretty serious'

Hulk Hogan, one of the most popular professional wrestlers of all time, has apparently lost feeling in his lower body after a surgical procedure.

Former Olympian Kurt Angle said he recently spoke to the "Hogan Knows Best" alum about his health, and it wasn't happy news. 

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"Hogan had his back surgery again. He had the nerves cut from his lower body. He can't feel his lower body, so he has to use his cane to walk around," Kurt, who won gold in freestyle wrestling at the 1996 Olympics, said on "The Kurt Angle Show." 

Hulk, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is walking with the assistance of a cane.

"I thought he was using the cane because he has pain in his back. He doesn't have any pain. He has nothing at all. He can't feel anything. So now he can't feel his legs, so he has to walk with a cane," Kurt, a WWE Hall of Famer, said. "That's pretty serious, man. I mean, I really feel for Hogan. He put his heart and soul into the business and it ate him up."

Interestingly, Hulk, 69, appeared briefly on the 30th anniversary show of "Monday Night Raw" on Jan. 23. Kurt said the broadcast didn't show the severity of Hulk's situation.

"I mean, if you're gonna kick off the show, the 30th anniversary of Raw, [it] should be Hulk Hogan. He's the name and face of the company," Kurt said. "He's the guy that revolutionized pro wrestling. I have so much respect for him."

The "Rocky III" star  — who spoke to Kurt backstage at "Raw" — has yet to comment publicly on the claims. 

Money matters

Pamela Anderson's ex-husband of 12 days leaving her $10M in his will

Pamela Anderson's blink-and-you-missed-it "ex-husband" is planning to line her pockets after he passes.

"Batman" movie producer Jon Peters and Pam had a wedding ceremony in 2020, but they never filed any legal paperwork. Twelve days later, the duo called off the marriage but maintained they'd remain friends. 

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Jon is now putting his money where his mouth is, claiming he's leaving Pamela $10 million in his will.

"I will always love Pamela, always in my heart," he told Variety. "As a matter of fact, I left her $10 million in my will. And she doesn't even know that. Nobody knows that. I'm just saying it for the first time with you. I probably shouldn't be saying it. So that's for her, whether she needs it or not."

Jon is reportedly worth $200 million. 

"He's great and has been a huge influence on my life," Pamela said of the "A Star is Born" producer. "I love him to death."

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News of the will details come just days before the "Baywatch" actress is set to release her memoir, "Love, Pamela." In a recent chat with Howard Stern, Pam revealed she gained 25 pounds while penning the book.

"It was crazy, but I had a physical reaction to telling my story," Pam said. "It was almost like I was hanging on to something — It was a protective … my puffy suit of armor. I don't know what it was — I was thinking it was some kind of protection." 

She's since lost the weight, but writing the book "took its toll" emotionally.

Beach pass

Hilary Duff makes surprising 'Laguna Beach' confession

Hilary Duff never got caught up in the drama of "Laguna Beach." In fact, despite singing the MTV show's theme song, she never really watched it.

"I was not a huge [fan]," she said on the "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" aftershow on Thursday, Jan. 26. "I just … I didn't watch."

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The "Lizzie McGuire" alum explained that her schedule didn't jibe with the airing of the show, which ran from 2004-2006.

"In a moment in time when you could not record TV shows, I was on tour," she said. "So, I missed a huge chunk of, like, big things that people talk about that I didn't get to experience."

Still, she loves that her song "Come Clean" will always be linked to the popular aughts reality show.

"My song was, like, the theme song, and I loved that," she said. "I did love that because, I mean, I [basically] lived at MTV for a while."

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Not only did Hilary lend her voice to "Laguna Beach," she also sang the theme song for MTV's "My Super Sweet 16," which ran for 10 seasons from 2005 to 2017. 

However, the "How I Met Your Father" star didn't exactly fatten her pockets from "Come Clean" and "Sweet Sixteen."

"I definitely didn't get super rich by them using it as the theme, and I am not going to pretend to know what went on in the background for them to use it," Hilary said of MTV securing the rights to the track. "But they used it."

She added, "They love me over there. I don't know how much money I made from it. I don't think a lot. But maybe Disney [the owner of Hollywood Records] did."

Scary accident

Jay Leno breaks collarbone, ribs, kneecaps in motorcycle crash

Just months after suffering third-degree burns on his face, chest and hands, Jay Leno has suffered another health setback.

The comedian told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he crashed on his motorcycle on Jan. 17, which resulted in several broken bones.

"I've got a broken collarbone. I've got two broken ribs. I've got two cracked kneecaps," Jay said.

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In the newest incident, the former "Tonight Show" host was testing a 1940 Indian motorcycle and noticed the scent of leaking gas.

"So I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it," Jay said. "So, you know, I didn't see it until it was too late. It just clothesline me and, boom, knocked me off the bike. The bike kept going, and you know how that works out."

Jay, 72, admitted he kept the accident quiet because of all the publicity his November 2022 incident got. 

"You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free," he said. "After that, you're Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down (laughs)."

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Just two months ago, Jay was working on his 1907 White Steam Car with pal Dave Killackey  when it caught fire.

"The fuel line was clogged so I was underneath it. It sounded clogged and I said, 'Blow some air through the line,' and so [Dave] did …  And suddenly, boom, I got a face full of gas. And then the pilot light jumped and my face caught on fire," Jay told Today.

Jay ended up undergoing skin grafts and was treated in a hyperbaric chamber.

A noted car guru, it's estimated that Jay owns about 180 cars and 160 motorcycles. His car collection is reportedly valued at around $52 million. His love of cars is often showcased on the CNBC series "Jay Leno's Garage."

Police visit

Police called to Britney Spears' home after social media move

Law enforcement were called to Britney Spears' home after fans bombarded the Sheriff's office with pleas for a welfare check. The calls came after the pop star abruptly deleted her Instagram account.

Fans felt the social media move was a call for help. 

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TMZ reports that deputies paid a visit to Britney's Thousand Oaks, Calif., home and determined everything was fine and she was not in danger. Whether authorities spoke directly to Britney or someone else isn't known. 

The "Toxic" singer has lived in the home for years. 

The welfare check comes just weeks after Britney was videoed acting bizarre in a restaurant. Some reports claim her husband, Sam Asghari, left the restaurant due to her manic behavior, but he told TMZ otherwise (he blamed the abrupt exit on overzealous fans). 

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Interestingly, prior to Britney's Instagram deletion she changed her social media name to "River Red." "Don't underestimate the power of purity," she wrote alongside a video of her dancing. 

Britney, of course, has deleted her Instagram several time in the past. Why fans felt the move indicated danger this time is unknown. 

No harm, no foul

Pamela Anderson defends Tim Allen after alleging he flashed her on 'Home Improvement' set

Pamela Anderson holds no ill will toward Tim Allen after accusing him of flashing her while on the set of "Home Improvement" on her very first day.

"Tim is a comedian, it's his job to cross the line. I'm sure he had no bad intentions," the "Baywatch" star wrote in a text message to Variety, per her cover story published Thursday. She added, "Times have changed, though. I doubt anyone would try that post #MeToo. It's a new world."

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In her upcoming memoir, "Love, Pamela," the actress wrote, "On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe. He opened his robe and flashed me quickly — completely naked underneath."

Tim allegedly told Pam that he had seen her naked in the pages of Playboy, so it was "only fair"  she saw him in his birthday suit.

"[He said,] 'Now we're even.' I laughed uncomfortably," she said.

Tim, for the record, denied the incident ever happened. 

"No, it never happened," the "Last Man Standing" alum told Variety. "I would never do such a thing."

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After Pamela's claim, a video surfaced of Tim flashing co-star Patricia Richardson on the set. However, Patricia, who played Tim's wife on the sitcom, said he was dressed underneath a kilt. 

"I was just shocked that he lifted the kilt, not by a man in boxer shorts," she told TMZ.