The Colombian actress, who last year (16) was Forbes' highest-paid TV actress for the fifth year in a row, leads the family sitcom alongside the likes of Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet, all of whom have been in their roles since the beginning in 2009.

However, as the final episode of the eighth series prepares to show on ABC in the U.S. on Friday (03Mar17) the stars will be left with no contracts to continue onto a ninth season, The Hollywood Reporter claims.

The delay is reportedly due to disagreements between the TV network and 20th Century Fox TV over the cost of the programme.

Normal practice for a long-running show is that the network funds a majority of the production but with Modern Family proving to be an expensive venture, in part because of the salaries of the all-star cast, it’s expected that costs will go up as time goes on.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two companies technically have until mid-May (17) to decide whether they’ll continue with the programme. Neither organisation has commented on the situation as of yet.

In 2012 members of the cast sued ABC over their contracts, requesting a judge rule the paperwork invalid as they violated a California law with regard to deals that run over seven years. It’s thought their salaries increased a great deal, with The Hollywood Reporter writing at the time that an eighth series would see them earn $350,000 (£280,000) per episode.