‘Modern Family’ Writer Explains Why They Decided To Kill Off *That* Character


The creators of Modern Family teased for quite some time that Pritchard clan would be dealing with tragedy this season. Speculation about who would pass away was rife. People offered theories from Jay to his beloved dog Stella. Well, the episode “Good Grief” aired on Wednesday and now we all have our answer.

The character who was killed off is DeDe Pritchett; Mitchell and Claire’s mother. DeDe was introduced in season one of the hit series and had appeared in a total of seven episodes. Her death was revealed within minutes of the episode’s start with a phone call to Claire. It was later revealed that she had a heart problem and passed quietly in her sleep after a wild trip with friends. 

In an interview with EW, the show’s creator, Steve Levitan, revealed…

“We’re just trying to, at this point, put our characters through something new and interesting and challenging for us, so I think you’re right. That is one of the things that make this complicated and interesting. Whenever people have any kind of a complicated relationship with somebody, and then they die, it brings up a lot of things. So when we were talking at the beginning of the season about some different places to go, this idea came up, and we liked it. There will be, in fact, another episode that will deal with ramifications of this.”

He went on…

“This seemed like the logical choice because it so directly affects three of our main characters. It was also just a very nice send-off to the character and to Shelley Long, so it seemed like the thing to do. The idea, though, for setting it on Halloween came about because, well, I’ve always had a love for people going through something that is unexpectedly serious while in a silly costume. I’ve always just loved that sort of thing. We always do Halloween shows, and they’re a big part of this year’s series, so we thought, ‘Well, let’s try to do something that’s wildly different this Halloween.’ And since it is, strangely enough, a holiday that deals with so many themes of death and things that are scary and all that, it seemed in a strange way appropriate.”

People were pretty relieved…

But honestly, most were just not having it.

But there were those who were hit right in the feels by DeDe’s death.

RIP DeDe Pritchett.

H/T: Twitter, EW