Ty Burrell Landed Role In “Modern Family” After Matt LeBlanc Felt “Not Right For The Part”

Perhaps unknown to fans but Matt LeBlanc was offered a lead role in ABC’s hit show Modern Family!

The Modern Family pilot script made its way to the star of Friends during 2009, after the unsuccessful attempt at a Joey spinoff. LeBlanc told USA Today that the script “came across my desk with an offer to play Ty Burrell’s role,” the actor recalled his reaction, and added, “I remember reading it thinking, this is a really good script, (but) I’m not the guy for this. I’d be doing the project an injustice to take this. I know what I can do, I know what I can’t do. Plus, I’m having too much fun laying on the couch.”

Had he taken the role, it would have been a reunion for LeBlanc and Modern Family’s star Ed O’Neill who worked together shortly on the Married… With Children spinoff, Top of the Heap.

ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family will kick off its 9th season next month, with a 10th guaranteed.