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Ed O'Neill Has the Worst Celebrity Recognition Skills Ever

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  • Hey, Ed.
  • What's happening?
  • It's a little early birthday gift for you.
  • Oh, wow.
  • Just what effort you went to.
  • That's from right on the lot, Pequito Mas.
  • [LAUGHS]
  • It was easy.
  • Thank you so much.
  • That's so nice of you.
  • You're welcome.
  • This is my birthday gift?
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • It is, from me.
  • Yeah.
  • I hope you get something else.
  • Yeah.
  • [LAUGHS] OK.
  • I couldn't give you the house.
  • Yeah, I'm waiting for your house.
  • I wanted to--
  • Ellen wanted to buy my house a few years ago for Porsche.
  • Yes.
  • So her birthday is next week.
  • So maybe--
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • My wife would kill me.
  • Really?
  • You don't even use it!
  • You're not even there.
  • I do.
  • I use it a little bit.
  • It's a tiny little house, and it's a great house.
  • And I'm envious.
  • I'm not envious that often, but I'm envious of this house.
  • Well, I was going through your book backstage on your homes.
  • Yeah.
  • You're doing OK.
  • Yeah.
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • That's a beautiful book.
  • Yes.
  • And that home, if I owned it, would be in that book.
  • Can you imagine?
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • Yes.
  • I would add it to my book.
  • So thank you for the birthday gift.
  • And--
  • I have to say, I'm a little insecure today,
  • because normally--
  • I've been on the show a number of times,
  • and I've always had some funny things
  • that happened to me that were said in a way, but funny.
  • Do you know-- OK.
  • If you didn't know this-- so Brittany Spears goes up
  • to him in an airport and says, "Can I get a picture?"
  • And he just thinks she's some girl that wants a picture.
  • [LAUGHTER] So he takes the picture, and this goes viral.
  • It goes-- and he has no idea who she is.
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • I mean, look at--
  • he's thrilled.
  • Look at his face.
  • He is absolutely--
  • And so the next day, my manager sent me this and said,
  • "There's 53,000 likes."
  • I said, "Who is it?"
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • First of all, I didn't even know what likes was.
  • He had to tell me what it was.
  • He said, "That's Brittany Spears."
  • I said, "Oh my God."
  • But anyway, there was--
  • I have a similar story.
  • OK.
  • And that was some years ago, I went
  • to my favorite Italian restaurant in the evening,
  • and it was getting dark.
  • And I recognized a friend of mine
  • who was sitting out front with his wife,
  • and there was a kid sitting next to him with his wife,
  • I assumed.
  • But I couldn't see them well.
  • It was getting dark, and I sat down.
  • And the kid that I thought I knew, but wasn't sure,
  • it was a black kid, and he was talking on a cell phone.
  • So I'm now talking to my other friend, and he says, "Ed,
  • would you say hello to my brother?
  • He's a huge fan, and he wants to say--"
  • now I hate this, because you don't
  • know who you're talking to.
  • And I said, "Yeah, sure.
  • I'll say hello."
  • So I get the phone, I said, "Hi."
  • "Hi, Mr. O'Neill.
  • Oh my God, I love your work."
  • And I said, "Thank you, thank you very much."
  • "Yes, and I hope you're successful in everything
  • you try to do.
  • And I really watch."
  • I said, "Thank you very much, thank you.
  • Listen, I got to go now.
  • See you."
  • And I hand the phone back to the kid.
  • And he gives me kind of a funny look like, "That was weird."
  • And my friend says, "So, Randy, what are you going to do--
  • you're going out of town next week?"
  • And I go, "Randy?
  • Randy Jackson."
  • It was Michael Jackson.
  • [AUDIENCE GROANS]
  • Yeah, got to go, Michael.
  • Don't--
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • Not, "I love your work."
  • Not "Geez, haven't you had a wonderful career?"
  • Just, "Yeah, hey, you know, I got to go."
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • Wow.
  • That was--
  • Yeah, no, that's sad.
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • That's a sad story.
  • I mean, it is-- you're right.
  • You have sad and funny stories.
  • It's a mixture.
  • Yeah.
  • And then I had another one too.
  • Who?
  • I went to Sarah Hyland's birthday party,
  • and this beautiful young woman came up to me.
  • Now when I go to these things, I don't look at people closely.
  • It's sort of-- it's a bit overwhelming
  • if there's a lot of people there you don't know.
  • Some celebrities.
  • And so this woman came up to me and said, "Hi," again.
  • "Nice to meet you."
  • And I would say, "Hi, yes.
  • Nice to meet you."
  • And I know she's famous, but I can't place her.
  • It's "You want a selfie?
  • Let's do a selfie."
  • I said, "Sure."
  • So I do, and then I text my daughter Sophia,
  • because she tells me--
  • Who that was.
  • --who that was.
  • And I said, "I desperately need to know a name,
  • so that when I leave and say the name."
  • Yeah.
  • "Wonderful to meet you."
  • And so I don't know if you have the picture.
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • And she said, "I'm having you committed."
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • So you really didn't recognize Taylor Swift?
  • No.
  • No.
  • I mean, again, I only see them when they're performing,
  • you know?
  • Yes.
  • So when you see them in the backyard--
  • Yeah.
  • I wasn't-- I thought it's a pretty girl, but I--
  • Yeah.
  • You see, I'm-- and again, it's old.
  • I'm getting old.
  • No, it's not old.
  • I do-- no.
  • And I think it's just we meet a lot of people,
  • and I'm sure you get the same thing.
  • Like people go, "Ellen!"
  • And I don't know if they're, "Ellen!" because they know me,
  • or "Ellen!" because they're fans.
  • And so I go, "Oh, hey!"
  • And I don't know that balance of how to say, "Hey, I know you,"
  • or "I don't."
  • Well, I did say "Nice to meet you, Taylor," when I--
  • Yes.
  • --left the party.
  • Well, that's-- so you knew the name?
  • That's good.
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • All right.
  • You've celebrated your 200th show of "Modern Family."
  • It's a consistently great show.
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • Is this-- I hear that this is going
  • to be-- next year is going to be the last season.
  • We're contracted through 10, and then it's open ended,
  • but the feeling is that's probably going to be it.
  • Really?
  • Yeah.
  • From everybody?
  • Does anybody want to keep going?
  • No, no.
  • I mean, I don't know how they feel about going on, if we--
  • I just-- you know?
  • We're contracted through 10, and then we'll see.
  • But I don't know.
  • Through 10 this year, or 10 next year?
  • No, this is our ninth year.
  • We're finishing our ninth--
  • Right, right.
  • --in March.
  • And then I think--
  • and then we're going one more.
  • Right.
  • So that would be 10.
  • Yes.
  • I see what you mean.
  • I thought you meant 10 episodes.
  • And I did 11 on "Married With Children."
  • Yes.
  • That's a lot of--
  • You've picked a lot of good shows.
  • Well, I mean, it was complete luck.
  • And then what will you do next?
  • Will you keep working?
  • This is the question I've been getting.
  • And I tell people I've never made a plan in my life.
  • I've never-- I just don't make plans. .
  • You know?
  • It's like we'll see what happens.
  • Yeah.
  • Wow.
  • I mean, plans don't usually--
  • my plans don't usually work out.
  • Well, the plans that did work out were good.
  • I mean, like the fact that you didn't have plans,
  • and you did "Married With Children" for 11 seasons,
  • and now you're doing this for 10 seasons.
  • Yeah.
  • That's-- we should follow your path of no plans.
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • Well, when I read this--
  • when I went and met the producers, I said--
  • Lloyd and Levitan.
  • I said, "Look.
  • You know, guys, this is a courtesy meeting."
  • Now you know, you're not supposed to say that.
  • But I didn't know that.
  • And I said, "Because I did the sitcom already, I did 11 years,
  • I don't want to do another one."
  • Yeah.
  • And they just laughed.
  • And they said, "Well, would you read it when we write it?
  • It'll be about a year from now."
  • And I said, "Of course, I'll read it."
  • Because their reputations were great.
  • "Frasier" and "Golden Girls," just shoot me.
  • And so a year later, I get this script,
  • and I thought, "Oh, this is that show."
  • So I read it, and I said, "I got to do it!"
  • This is why they have courtesy meetings.
  • Yes.
  • So anyway, I called my manager, and I said, "I
  • think I have to do this show."
  • He said, "Too late!
  • They're after Craig T Nelson."
  • Oh, no.
  • And I said, "OK, well, you know, that's OK."
  • And then a week later, they came back to me.
  • And they said that Craig couldn't make the deal,
  • and they're back to you.
  • I said "Do it."
  • So he said, "They're not paying you your quote."
  • I said, "Do the show.
  • It's a hit show.
  • We'll get even later."
  • Yeah.
  • I said, "Just do it.
  • It's a hit.
  • You can't miss."
  • And I had no clue who was in it, didn't know anybody
  • in it, nothing.
  • I just showed up and said, "It's a hit show."
  • You were right.
  • I was.
  • I haven't always been right, but I was right with that one.
  • Yeah, no, that's good.
  • And you were right with our little movie
  • that we did with "Finding Dory."
  • I mean, he was great as--
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • --Hank.
  • That guy.
  • "Modern Family" airs Wednesdays at 9:00 on ABC.

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The "Modern Family" patriarch told Ellen an unbelievable story that proves he is the worst at recognizing celebrities in the wild. Plus, he talks about a possible 10th and final season of the Emmy-winning sitcom.