Eric Stonestreet captures second Emmy for playing gay in ‘Modern Family’

Eric Stonestreet captures second Emmy for playing gay in ‘Modern Family’

LOS ANGELES — Eric Stonestreet and ABC’s “Modern Family” made Emmy night look easy, capturing awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Best Comedy series, respectively, at the annual awards ceremony at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Stonestreet captured his second Emmy for his character Cameron Tucker, the gay stay-at-home dad in the ensemble comedy, which has become televison’s highest rated sitcom. His first Emmy for his portrayal of the role was in 2010.

Eric Stonestreet

“I wouldn’t be standing here without Jesse Tyler Ferguson, there is no Cam without Mitch,” he said, saluting his co-star. “We get the awesome opportunity to play these two characters on TV and show America and the world what a loving couple we can be just like everybody else.”

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“I never knew I’d be on TV as a gay man, but I love the pictures of hairy chests you guys are sending me!” he added.

Stonestreet was nominated against “Modern Family” co-stars Ty Burrell, Ed O’Neill and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Also Sunday, co-star Julie Bowen won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

“Modern Family” captured its first Best Comedy Series award on Sunday, and earlier this year was award the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.

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