Hollywood Moms of boys about the age of 4, call your agents! ABC’s Modern Family is recasting the series regular role of baby Joe Pritchett with a slightly older child actor.

The role of Joe has been played for the last two seasons by Pierce Wallace. Modern Family reps have thus far declined to comment, but TVLine is reporting that producers are actively searching for a 4-year-old actor to portray Jay and Gloria’s newly “rough and tumble” son.

Modern Family Recasting Baby Joe Pritchett

Modern Family producers did the same thing with the character of Lily in Season 3, who was played by twins (Ella and Jaden Hiller) and then replaced with Aubrey Anderson-Emmons.

Bye Baby Joe – we loved your hilarious hair moments on the show.

Modern Family‘s seventh season bows Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c.

Modern Family Joe Prichett

About Modern Family
Critically lauded for revitalizing the television sitcom, “Modern Family” is also quickly cementing itself as a culturally defining series. The recipient of four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Television Series, “Modern Family” returns to the ABC Television Network for its fifth season.

The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is a wonderfully large and blended family with Jay Pritchett sitting at the head. By his side is his young, vivacious second wife Gloria, who resists his old-fashioned ways — an impulse that will become all the more interesting now that he and Gloria have a new baby of their own. This exciting addition will bring more adventures to the family just as Gloria’s son, Manny, is about to embark on an adventure of his own as he enters high school. Jay’s grown daughter, Claire, and her husband, Phil, also have their son, Luke, heading to high school; their middle daughter, Alex, is full steam ahead on the college track, and the eldest, Haley, is back home figuring out her future. With the kids all growing up, this new chapter means Claire can explore returning to the workforce, which will have its fair share of missteps and victories. And this will be a big year for Claire’s brother and Jay’s grown son, Mitchell, who alongside his loving partner, Cameron, and daughter Lily, will have a lot of reasons to celebrate. Together these three families give us an honest and often hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family.

“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, Sofía Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex, Rico Rodriguez as Manny and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily.