3:20 pm - 11/13/2012

'Modern Family' cast and crew "hated" Ariel Winter's mom, wanted her banned from set

Ariel Winter's mom was an abusive menace on the set of "Modern Family" ... so much so, producers wanted her BANNED from set -- this according to a source close to the situation.

TMZ spoke with a source -- who worked on the show for over a year and had constant contact with Ariel -- who says Chrystal Workman (Ariel's mom) was "hated" by the crew, producers, actors, and other mothers... because she made Ariel's life a living Hell.

Specifically we're told Chrystal would sit on set and watch Ariel like a hawk -- and then berate her for her physical appearance, saying her ears were too big and she looked ugly in her clothes. She also blocked Ariel from eating anything but egg whites and raw veggies.

Our source tells us, the mom's obsession with Ariel's diet was so extreme ... crew members contrived a plan to "sneak" the 14-year-old food (like grilled cheese sandwiches) when her mom wasn't looking.

And there's more. We're told ... Chrystal was very vocal about Ariel's money -- claiming her daughter needed to rake in more cash to pay for their house, her agents, managers and publicists.

Our source adds, "I'm so happy for Ariel that she went to the extreme and got out from under that miserable woman's care."

As TMZ previously reported ... Chrystal has denied all allegations of physical and / or verbal abuse.

yikes. most depressing front page on ontd ever?
calinewarkwc69 14th-Nov-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
I see your point, I just feel like... when you have a network and production company and all this big-wig stuff, someone should've stepped up and been like "You know what, I think what your doing as a mother is wrong, and you need to back the fuck up or we will call CPS."

I mean, isn't witnessing abuse and saying nothing just as bad? (Well, maybe not AS bad, but someone needed to say something)
thrillho 14th-Nov-2012 12:24 am (UTC)
don't forget, Modern Family = money and stage parents = insane/lawsuits. People in the entertainment industry are brutal, trust me (I've seen producers ignore performer eating disorders etc. because it's not worth the hassle to intervene, and that's just on a nothing tv show).

I do agree with you, though, in principal.
calinewarkwc69 14th-Nov-2012 12:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know. A bunch of red tape bullshit. I just know that when I was a kid, there were SO MANY time I wanted someone to at least call my mom out on her bullshit, and no ever did... it just made me feel like I was crazy.
smashy 14th-Nov-2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
i know exactly what you mean.
rabbitncavylove 14th-Nov-2012 01:29 am (UTC)
There must be some legal issue there. Or maybe stage parents are all crazy like that and some think it is normal. idk
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