Shed A Tear: We Now Know Which 'Modern Family' Character Gets Killed Off


Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

29 October 2018

Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

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We’ve known for a little while now that one of the characters on Modern Family was going to get killed off in season 10.

The show’s co-creator Christopher Lloyd had stated the death would be “a moving event … that has repercussions across several episodes.

“We’re handling some bigger life events this season. 

“[Death] is certainly a topic that families have to deal with, and on television, it’s not easy to do because that’s a heavy subject. But at the same time, it would seem unusual for a family not to go through it.” 

It all remained a huge mystery that pulled at our heartstrings, but now we finally know who we have to say goodbye to…  

DeDe (played by Shelley Long), who is Mitch & Claire’s mum, and the ex-wife of Jay, is who we sadly farewell. 

Co-creator Steve Levitan told The Hollywood Reporter, “It occurred to us that death is a giant part of the family experience and while Phil had lost his mother in a previous episode, we’ve never seen the entire family have to deal with such a loss. It seemed like an interesting thing to have happen.

“She’s directly involved with three of our characters and she touched everybody’s life in some interesting way. It seemed like the right character to put everybody through something. She seemed like right character because she so directly affects so many of our characters.”

So, why kill off DeDe?

“It came from [a conversation of], ‘What would happen if DeDe died?’ That’s how it started. I don’t know that this was part of it at the time, but I lost my mom suddenly two years ago and that experience of getting that call and gather as a family was very fresh to me.

“I thought that was the interesting part [of the story] and the biggest challenge was how do we get this big monumental and sad moment and still get some comedy out of it. We liked that challenge.”

Since the news, other cast members have posted their loving messages for Shelley’s character to social media. 


We'll miss you DeDe!


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