Ed O'Neill cracks uncomfortable joke about Ariel Winter's estranged mom at 2014 SAG Awards
While speaking to the press backstage at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday (Jan. 18) after the cast of "Modern Family" scooped up the Outstanding Comedy Ensemble, star Ed O'Neill joked about co-star Ariel Winter, raising a few eyebrows in the process.
After one journalist asks the female stars of the series what beauty knowledge they've gleaned from their mothers, O'Neill quickly quips, "Ariel should take this one."
Of course, O'Neill was referencing Winter's estrangement with mother Chrisoula Workman, whose custody she was removed from in November 2012 over allegations of physical and emotional abuse.
Winter seemed unfazed by the bizarre joke, smiling before letting co-stars Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara field the question.
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