Funny enough, Ed O'Neill
revealed in June that he did not recognize Spears
when they first met. "I was flying alone to Hawaii. I was waiting for my flight to board," the Modern Family
star recalled on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
. "They told me the flight was boarding and I picked up -- that’s a little Modern Family
hat. I saw a woman approaching me so I just flopped it on, you know, I was leaving. She came up and said, 'Oh, Mr. O'Neill, I love Modern Family
, and you're my favorite on the show.' And I was like, 'Well, I'm here, I'm the only one here.'"