‘I was angry’: Ed O’Neill ‘lashed out’ at his Married With Children co-star Amanda Bearse for not being invited to her same-sex wedding

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Ed O’Neill regrets feuding with his former Married… With Children co-star Amanda Bearse 14 years after he lashed out at her for not inviting him to her 2010 wedding to camera technician Carrie Schenken.

It was a case of life imitating art as the 77-year-old actor’s schlubby patriarch character Al Bundy was the nemesis of the 65-year-old actress’ feminist next-door neighbor Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy on the Fox sitcom from 1987-1997.

‘In those days, [gay marriage] was a novelty, it was new,’ Ed said on the January 18th episode of Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s podcast Dinner’s On Me.

‘And [Amanda] didn’t invite me to the wedding. And my feelings were hurt. And when I asked her about it, she said, “Well, it was a tough call.” And I thought, “Are you confusing me with Al Bundy?” I didn’t say that, but that’s what I felt like. “What do you mean, you think I’m a Neanderthal, or something?”

‘So, I was angry. If I had a do-over again, I would have said, “Amanda, all the best. It’s your call, it’s your wedding.” But instead, I lashed out, and I said a joke, but it was a mean joke. That’s my biggest regret about that, I didn’t handle that well at all, I know that.’

Amanda Bearse pictured in 2022

Ed O’Neill regrets feuding with his former Married… With Children co-star Amanda Bearse 14 years after he lashed out at her for not inviting him to her 2010 wedding to camera technician Carrie Schenken

It was a case of life imitating art as the 77-year-old actor's schlubby patriarch character Al Bundy was the nemesis of the 65-year-old actress' feminist next-door neighbor Marcy Rhoades D'Arcy on the Fox sitcom from 1987–1997 (pictured in 1992)

It was a case of life imitating art as the 77-year-old actor’s schlubby patriarch character Al Bundy was the nemesis of the 65-year-old actress’ feminist next-door neighbor Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy on the Fox sitcom from 1987–1997 (pictured in 1992)

O’Neill previously revealed to the TV Academy in 2013 that his off-color joke came after the Florida-born, Georgia-based lesbian said she worried he’d be ‘snickering’ as she and Carrie walked down the aisle of the church wearing tuxedos.

‘I started laughing, and she said, “See!”‘ the four-time SAG Award winner recalled.

‘And I said, “Well, you know why? Because it is f***ing funny, and I’m not going to be the only one that thinks so.” But it was funny. She had a little white tux and, to me, it was funny. But in other words, she may not have been wrong in excluding me.’

And while Ed believes the feud originally stemmed from a contested cover of TV Guide, Amanda thought it had more to do with the shifting power dynamics on the set of Married… With Children after she directed 31 episodes.

‘I follow the Thumper rule – if you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all. I will share [O’Neill] was not happy towards the end of the series and so that that affected everything and that’s really why the show didn’t go off the air with a big finale,’ Bearse said at GalaxyCon Raleigh in 2018.

‘I was ready to go. I loved the character, but it just stopped being fun. An I was, by that time, directing the majority of the episodes the last couple of seasons. So my job was a little different. So I had a little more to say about things. So when they weren’t going well I would say, “You know, that’s not okay.” So no love lost there. Yeah, [but he’s a] great actor.’

Amanda was not included in Alex Carter’s animated spin-off pilot Married… with Children which Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, David Faustino, and Ed all recorded voiceover for last year.

Ed said on the January 18th episode of Jesse Tyler Ferguson's podcast Dinner's On Me: 'In those days, [gay marriage] was a novelty, it was new. And [Amanda] didn't invite me to the wedding. And my feelings were hurt. And when I asked her about it, she said, "Well, it was a tough call"'

Ed said on the January 18th episode of Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s podcast Dinner’s On Me: ‘In those days, [gay marriage] was a novelty, it was new. And [Amanda] didn’t invite me to the wedding. And my feelings were hurt. And when I asked her about it, she said, “Well, it was a tough call”‘

O'Neill continued: '"What do you mean, you think I'm a Neanderthal, or something?" 'So, I was angry. If I had a do-over again, I would have said, "Amanda, all the best. It's your call, it's your wedding." But instead, I lashed out, and I said a joke, but it was a mean joke. That's my biggest regret about that, I didn't handle that well at all, I know that'

O’Neill continued: ‘”What do you mean, you think I’m a Neanderthal, or something?” ‘So, I was angry. If I had a do-over again, I would have said, “Amanda, all the best. It’s your call, it’s your wedding.” But instead, I lashed out, and I said a joke, but it was a mean joke. That’s my biggest regret about that, I didn’t handle that well at all, I know that’

O'Neill previously revealed to the TV Academy in 2013 that his off-color joke came after the Florida-born, Georgia-based lesbian said she worried he'd be 'snickering' as she and Carrie walked down the aisle of the church wearing tuxedos

O’Neill previously revealed to the TV Academy in 2013 that his off-color joke came after the Florida-born, Georgia-based lesbian said she worried he’d be ‘snickering’ as she and Carrie walked down the aisle of the church wearing tuxedos

The four-time SAG Award winner recalled: 'I started laughing, and she said, "See!" And I said, "Well, you know why? Because it is f***ing funny, and I'm not going to be the only one that thinks so." But it was funny. She had a little white tux and, to me, it was funny. But in other words, she may not have been wrong in excluding me'

The four-time SAG Award winner recalled: ‘I started laughing, and she said, “See!” And I said, “Well, you know why? Because it is f***ing funny, and I’m not going to be the only one that thinks so.” But it was funny. She had a little white tux and, to me, it was funny. But in other words, she may not have been wrong in excluding me’

And while Ed believes the feud originally stemmed from a contested cover of TV Guide, Amanda thought it had more to do with the shifting power dynamics on the set of Married... With Children after she directed 31 episodes

And while Ed believes the feud originally stemmed from a contested cover of TV Guide, Amanda thought it had more to do with the shifting power dynamics on the set of Married… With Children after she directed 31 episodes

Bearse said at GalaxyCon Raleigh in 2018: 'I follow the Thumper rule - if you don't have something nice to say don't say anything at all. I will share [O'Neill] was not happy towards the end of the series and so that that affected everything and that's really why the show didn't go off the air with a big finale'

Bearse said at GalaxyCon Raleigh in 2018: ‘I follow the Thumper rule – if you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all. I will share [O’Neill] was not happy towards the end of the series and so that that affected everything and that’s really why the show didn’t go off the air with a big finale’ 

The Fright Night alum added: 'I was ready to go. I loved the character, but it just stopped being fun. An I was, by that time, directing the majority of the episodes the last couple of seasons. So my job was a little different. So I had a little more to say about things. So when they weren't going well I would say, "You know, that's not okay." So no love lost there. Yeah, [but he's a] great actor'

The Fright Night alum added: ‘I was ready to go. I loved the character, but it just stopped being fun. An I was, by that time, directing the majority of the episodes the last couple of seasons. So my job was a little different. So I had a little more to say about things. So when they weren’t going well I would say, “You know, that’s not okay.” So no love lost there. Yeah, [but he’s a] great actor’

Amanda was not included in Alex Carter's animated spin-off pilot Married... with Children which (L-R, pictured in 2014) Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, David Faustino, and Ed all recorded voiceover for last year

Amanda was not included in Alex Carter’s animated spin-off pilot Married… with Children which (L-R, pictured in 2014) Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, David Faustino, and Ed all recorded voiceover for last year

Christina (pictured January 15) confirmed to Vanity Fair last month: '[It's] one of the coolest things I've ever done. I can't really say much. But all I know is that all four of us are attached to it. It's not in our hands now, so we're just kind of waiting'

Christina (pictured January 15) confirmed to Vanity Fair last month: ‘[It’s] one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. I can’t really say much. But all I know is that all four of us are attached to it. It’s not in our hands now, so we’re just kind of waiting’

Bearse will next portray Nate Skoog's (Jon Heder) mother Ramona in Dylan K. Narang's indie bodyguard comedy Tapawingo, which will next screen February 9 at Arkansas' El Dorado Film Festival (pictured in 2021)

Bearse will next portray Nate Skoog’s (Jon Heder) mother Ramona in Dylan K. Narang’s indie bodyguard comedy Tapawingo, which will next screen February 9 at Arkansas’ El Dorado Film Festival (pictured in 2021)

The Modern Family alum will next portray Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in Gina Welch's six-episode limited series The Sterling Affairs - premiering later this year on FX - based on Ramona Shelburne's 2019 ESPN 30 for 30 podcast.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling pictured in 2014

The Modern Family alum will next portray Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in Gina Welch’s six-episode limited series The Sterling Affairs – premiering later this year on FX – based on Ramona Shelburne’s 2019 ESPN 30 for 30 podcast.

‘[It’s] one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,’ Christina confirmed to Vanity Fair last month.

‘I can’t really say much. But all I know is that all four of us are attached to it. It’s not in our hands now, so we’re just kind of waiting.’

Bearse will next portray Nate Skoog’s (Jon Heder) mother Ramona in Dylan K. Narang’s indie bodyguard comedy Tapawingo, which will next screen February 9 at Arkansas’ El Dorado Film Festival. 

The Modern Family alum will next portray Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in Gina Welch’s six-episode limited series The Sterling Affairs – premiering later this year on FX – based on Ramona Shelburne’s 2019 ESPN 30 for 30 podcast. 

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