'Modern Family' actors practicing gay kiss

5:52 PM PST 08/28/2010 by Elizabeth Guider, AP

Eric Stonestreet: 'The kiss, not such a big deal'

The kiss, the "Modern Family" kiss. Yes, there will be one onscreen between the show's gay couple Cam and Mitchell, only it's not yet clear in which episode of the upcoming season of the ABC laffer, which is up for multiple Emmys Sunday night including best comedy.

Exec producer Steve Levitan said Saturday at the BAFTA Tea party to honor Emmy nominees it was "unfortunate" that the characters' liplocking had become an issue, since the show's writers had intended all along to create such a scene "as part of the natural development of the show."

Levitan would not divulge in which precise episode the event would take place or even whether it would be witnessed on screen by other characters, but he volunteered that the scene in question will have "a very nice twist."

The two actors who play Cam and Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, are both up for best supporting trophies along with three other of their cast mates.

Asked at the TV Academy's nominees reception Friday night how they felt about the controversy, Stonestreet said he didn't understand why there was all the fuss since the two characters have shown each other affection throughout the first season.

"The kiss, not such a big deal — but we have been practicing the scene."

At which point Ferguson walked up, and to demonstrate their facility, the two gave each other an affectionate smackeroo.
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