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Backstage with the Emmy winners …

Eric Stonestreet, outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role on Modern Family insisted there was no hard feelings between co-stars (and co-nominees Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell.

“We had all joked around before the show that if any one of us won it would be funny to punch the other in the stomach or be visibly upset and walk out of the auditorium,” he said backstage. “This win is a win for our show as it would have been if Ty Burrell or Jesse Tyler Ferguson or Julie Bowen or Sofia Vergara won. It won’t be awkward at all.”

Of course, Eric was asked about the kiss that did not happen last season between Cam and Mitchell and will happen in an early episode this season: “These characters are based on people [writers Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan] know, so it’s not as though anything is being avoided,” he said. “Now it looks like we’ve caved to this public pressure. … We’re going to deliver on what people are asking for in a really sweet, great way that’s consistent with what our show is.”

I’ve seen just about every episode of CBS’s The Good Wife and it seemed pretty clear that Archie Panjabi’s character of Kalinda Sharma is a lesbian.

Backstage, the actress, winner of the Emmy for outstanding actress in a drama series, indicated that things may not be so black and white.

“Normally I get to know my characters extremely well,” she said. “Kalinda doesn’t seem to open up to me, either. So I’m as taken back by her mystery as the audience is, and her sexuality is one thing I still haven’t figured out. When she does confess to me, I will certainly reveal it.”

She’s also glad the character’s ethnicity has never even been mentioned: “I started in England, and most of the roles I got were relevant to my ethnicity. We haven’t mentioned her ethnicity yet. … I think it’s the way it should be for young people — to watch television where the characters are from different backgrounds and ethnicity and it’s not all about their backgrounds.”

Modern Family creator Steve Levitan, whose show won best comedy series, said backstage that he felt no tremendous joy in snapping ‘30 Rock’s winning streak, nor by beating Glee: “I saw ['Glee' creator] Ryan [Murphy] afterwards and we hugged. I really admire the fact that ‘Glee’ has broken the mold… found a new way to do things. It’s a shame we both had to come out the same year.”

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