Trick-or-treat! A satirical report regarding the cancellation of “Modern Family” has some viewers of the hit ABC series concerned after one of the program's stars, Eric Stonestreet (Cameron "Cam" Tucker), posted a link to the bogus report on Twitter Friday. Thankfully for “Modern Family” fans, Stonestreet’s tweet was merely a Halloween prank, according to a report from E! News.
“So sad,” Stonestreet, 43, posted to his account alongside a link to the story. The article, “Whoa: ABC Just Canceled ‘Modern Family’ In Order to Teach People That Something You Love Can Be Taken From You With No Warning Whatsoever,” was created by The Onion’s spinoff site, Clickhole.
According to the false report, which also included a GIF of Stonestreet sobbing, the program was pulled by ABC after a six-season run to teach its viewers a life lesson.
“It saddens us to cancel a show as beloved as ‘Modern Family,’ but people need to be taught that having something you cherish suddenly as inexplicably wrenched from your grasp is intrinsic to life,” reads a fictitious statement from an executive at ABC.
The site even claims to have a quote from one of the program’s stars, actress Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy).
“We’ve had a blast making this show for the last six seasons, but I trust the network’s decision to cancel it as a way of showing people firsthand just how quickly the things that we love can be erased from existence,” reads the report. “In an instant. In the blink of an eye. When we least expect it and it hurts us most. If ‘Modern Family’ has to die in order for people to realize that, then that’s just the price we’ll have to pay.”
The site concluded its report by hinting that the program might live on via live streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu.
While Clickhole’s “About Us” section openly admits to being a completely satirical site, (some of its other recent treasures include “Let’s Move! Michelle Obama Urges Kids To Get Outside And Check Out The Dead Guy She Found” and “Meet The Puppeteer Behind Blue Ivy”) some “Modern Family” viewers have yet to catch on to the truth behind Stonestreet’s tweet.
“Stay strong, friend. The holidays have many santa openings at the local malls, you'll make it through this,” one the actor’s fans Friday said in response to his post Friday.
So let me get this straight Modern Family gets canceled but the Big Bang theory goes on for 8 seasons?!
— Thomas Dougherty (@Go_Dougherty) October 30, 2014
If ABC really cancelled Modern Family I'm gonna get real girl-like and start pouting and crying.
— Ashleigh (@ashleigh_noel) October 31, 2014
Wait modern family just got cancelled? As if my life already wasn't meaningless
— - (@Broganank) October 30, 2014
The article even managed to fool another celebrity, Food network starAnne Burrell.
Sooooooo modern family was canceled? with a very lame excuse?? #waitingfortherealstory
— anne burrell (@chefanneburrell) October 31, 2014
Breathe easy, “Modern Family” fans— a new episode of the series airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.