'Modern Family' Star Offended Character Called 'Stereotypical' (Video)

7:00 AM PST 06/14/2014 by THR staff

Jesse Tyler Ferguson says criticism that his show exploits gay stereotypes is false: "I'm basically playing myself."

Jesse Tyler Ferguson says it's "offensive" when people claim his Modern Family character exploits gay stereotypes — because, he says, the character is pretty close to how he actually is.

"Mitchell is a close approximation to me. There are little things that [have made it into the show], like, I had to come out to my dad three times," Ferguson tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It makes me laugh when people say, 'Those characters are stereotypical.' I'm basically playing myself, so I find that offensive!"

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Ferguson made his comments during The Hollywood Reporter's comedy actor roundtable, which also featured Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andy Samberg, Episodes' Matt LeBlancShameless' William H. Macy, Orange Is the New Black's Jason Biggs and Veep's Tony Hale.

Watch the full, uncensored video here, see exclusive portraits of the actors here and check out THR's other roundtable videos here.

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