“Salt Lake City was hit twice, the Covid crisis and also a series of earthquakes,” Burrell said. “About 15,000 [restaurant workers] are unemployed right now.”
“I was a waiter when I first started, I was an awful, terrible waiter but I was a waiter,” he said. “Unemployment is really hard for that industry anyway because your living is essentially tips… they are often part-time employees without benefits, so it’s a particularly vulnerable part of our population.”
Burrell spoke to CNN the morning after the emotional series finale of “Modern Family.” He said he watched with his family, but it was actually the first time his young daughters had seen the show.
“They are 8 and 10. We just felt like we would wait until they were a little bit older,” Burrell said. “Most of that stuff goes over their head anyway. But also it was just weird for them to watch dad on the television… it was really fun. It actually lightened the mood for my wife and I to have them laughing at everybody’s ridiculousness. It kind of helped with the melancholy aspect of saying goodbye to the show and my fictional family.”
“I think there’s definitely room for a spin-off,” he said. “It wouldn’t be our family. To me, the most logical one is Mitch and Cam. I don’t know any details about that, but I could see a spin-off with them or with Hailey and Dylan for sure. I think it’s logical. It wouldn’t be a stretch and it wouldn’t be inorganic, I don’t think.”
For now, Burrell is focused on giving back where he can and spending time with his family.
“I’m working on a couple of different things to be in, but I had intended to take about a year off from any kind of on-camera stuff,” Burrell said. “The silver lining is getting to have time with my family that I wasn’t getting quite the same amount of before.”