Spoilers ahead!

“Modern Family” killed off a “significant
character,” but it’s one that fans were not expecting.

On Wednesday’s Halloween episode, titled “Good
Grief,” DeDe (Shelley Long) met her end.

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She was the ex-wife of Ed O’Neill’s Jay and mother to Julie
Bowen’s Claire and Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Mitch.

The death was really built up, and some fans weren’t happy
with how things played out, as they expected one of the lead characters to die.

"Modern Family"


“It was Dee Dee…boring,” one fan lamented on

“#ModernFamily: We’re gonna kill off a MAJOR character
this season. Me: Goes to look up who died after all the hype. Modern Fmaily: We
killed off a character that’s been on 7 episodes of a 10 season show. Me: Let
me define major character for you,” another person wrote.

“Calling the modern family death a “major
character” was false advertising. Jay or bust,” one other person

The show’s creator Steven Levitan opened up to Entertainment
Weekly about the choice to kill off DeDe.

“This seemed like the logical choice because it so
directly affects three of our main characters,” he said.

“It was
also just a very nice send-off to the character and to Shelley Long, so it
seemed like the thing to do,” he added.

Family” airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on ABC.

— Stephanie Swaim