Ed O'Neill and Benjamin Bratt
Modern Family's Jay Pritchett is about to get jealous: Benjamin Bratt is returning to the show as Gloria's ex-husband, Javier, Entertainment Weekly reports.
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Bratt first appeared on the comedy's freshman season. His character is not only the ex-husband to Gloria (Sofia Vergara), but Manny's unreliable biological father. In the fall episode, Javier returns for a day at the races. "Jay feels possessive of Manny for the first time and wonders what he's allowed to do and what he isn't as his stepdad," executive producer Christopher Lloyd told the magazine. "The [racetrack] backdrop becomes kind of a competition between Jay and Javier for Manny." Bratt will also be a series regular on Private Practice this season.
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In other Modern Family casting news, Mitchell and Cameron's daughter Lily has officially been replaced by 4-year-old Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. See a picture of the adorable tyke here.
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Modern Family returns on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 9/8c on ABC.