Sofia Vergara, Nick Loeb Take Embryo Battle to Rival Morning Shows
The exes talked about the agreement created while they were together, which Loeb insists has become a "moral" issue.
Sofia Vergara and her ex-fiance Nick Loeb may have broken up, with the Modern Family star now engaged to fellow actor Joe Manganiello.
But Vergara and Loeb are still linked by a deal they made when they were together regarding two frozen embryos, which Loeb wants to implant in a surrogate and raise.
He took their fight to The New York Times, claiming in an op-ed that leaving the embryos frozen or getting rid of them would amount to the destruction of life.
Thursday morning, Vergara and Loeb took the battle to rival morning shows Good Morning America and Today.
Vergara, as would be expected given her role on ABC's Modern Family, sat down for a pretaped interview on the ABC talk show. Loeb, meanwhile, appeared live on the NBC rival.
Vergara, who spoke about the situation on Howard Stern's radio show on Monday, said in her first on-camera interview about the subject that she wants this to be her final public comments on the matter.
"I really want to make this like the last time that I talk about it because I don't think it's fair," she said.
The actress — who's getting a star on the Walk of Fame Thursday ahead of the Friday release of her new movie with Reese Witherspoon, Hot Pursuit — went on to say she doesn't think Loeb should be getting media attention for this.
"I've been working very hard for 20 years to get to this point where I am. I promote all my movies, all my work, but I don't like promoting my private life and I don't understand why this person — I don't want to allow this person to take more advantage of my career and try to promote himself, get press for this," Vergara said. "This shouldn't be out there for people to give their opinion when there's nothing to talk about. There's papers signed."
Indeed, the couple signed a contract with a fertility clinic stating the embryos could only be brought to term with both parties' consent.
While that would seem to make this a nonissue, Loeb, who is suing for custody, said on Today that the paperwork doesn't cover everything and there's more at stake.
"We actually signed these forms way at the very beginning, before all the process happened," he told NBC's Hoda Kotb. "You know, none of the forms really discuss what would happen in the event of a separation."
"There was no thought of, 'Well, now she's going to change her mind, and now we're not going to do it,'" he said. "I always assumed, with our agreement, that we were going to agree to take these full-term."
He reiterated his "moral" objection to not doing anything with the embryos, indicating repeatedly that his fight isn't about trying to stay in Vergara's life or get press during what's a big week for her but about the "lives … created."
"I have tremendous respect for Sofia," Loeb said on Today. "She's very successful; she's very smart. This is not something that's new. [Our relationship] has nothing to do with this at all. This has to do with bigger, really moral, legal, ethical concepts about lives we've already created."
Watch Vergara and Loeb's interviews below.