Entertainment TV 'Modern Family' 's Julie Bowen Opens Up About That Tearful Last Day of Filming: 'It Was Perfect' The series finale of Modern Family will air on April 8 By Christina Dugan Ramirez Christina Dugan Ramirez Writer-Reporter, TV People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 2, 2020 09:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Modern Family is gearing up for a perfect goodbye. In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, Julie Bowen, who played Claire Dunphy for 11 seasons on the ABC series, opens up about the last day of filming — and the bittersweet moment that was shared by the cast and crew. “There was something weird about the timing of that day,” Bowen, 51, explains. “It was really considered a half day, and so we took this extra long lunch hour and there were people popping champagne. These two crew members had lost a fantasy football bet and because they lost, they had to stand in front of the whole cast and everybody and sing a song. Well, the first thing they sang was a Beatles song. And then all of a sudden it turned into this really incredibly touching rendition of [Green Day’s] ‘Time of Your Life.'” For more on Modern Family’s final season, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday Modern Family. Sofia Vergara/Instagram “And there was just general sobbing and Sofia [Vergara] had never even heard the song and was like, ‘I don’t know what it is, but it’s making me so sad.’ And it was really ridiculously on the nose and perfect. I was like, ‘This is sort of cheesy. Exactly right, and I love these people very much.’ And it was all started by two grips who lost a bet and ended up delivering us this incredibly lovely moment. Started with comedy and ended with tears,” says Bowen. “That’s all you need to know.” Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Sofia Vergara/Instagram Sofia Vergara, 47, shared a clip of the moment to Instagram in which she wipes her tears as Sarah Hyland, Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson hold her close. “What a day!! Saying goodbye to our Modern Family❤️❤️❤️,” she captioned the video. Modern Family Cast Emotionally Documents Final Table Read: ‘They Left Tissues for All of Us’ In February, cast and crew documented some of their last moments on the series with emotional Instagram posts, including co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan, who posted a heartwarming video of the show’s team waving goodbye. “Today is our last day shooting #modernfamily,” he captioned the clip. “These are just some of the wonderful people who’ve made the last 11 seasons possible. I love them all.” Modern Family’s Ariel Winter on Growing Up in Front of Millions: ‘I Don’t Think It Was Ideal’ Eric Stonestreet also shared one of his final moments on set. “I guess I’ll see myself out now stage 5. 11 years walking in and out of this door went by in a flash. #modernfamily,” he wrote on Instagram. Modern Family premiered in 2009 and has won five Emmys for outstanding comedy series. In February 2019, ABC announced that the 11th season of the hit sitcom is the series’ last, with the finale airing on April 8. “It’s something we’d all been dreading for a long time,” Levitan tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “This has been a dream experience for everybody. I can’t tell you the number of people that have said this is the best job of my career. When you’ve had such a wonderful experience, it’s very sad to see it end. There was a lot of love on that stage and in that room for the table read. People dreaded saying goodbye. The emotion was built right into everything we did towards the end.” “This is as close a cast I’ve ever seen,” he adds. “Everybody was just grateful to be there. Everybody was so appreciative. It really is a family.” “I will probably miss the people the most, from Modern,” Hyland, 29, previously told PEOPLE of what she will miss the most about the show. “Our crew is amazing and, of course, I love our cast, they are very special people.” The finale of Modern Family airs April 8 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.