Modern Family star Ed O'Neill says he's going to RETURN honorary doctorate to ... trends now

Modern Family star Ed O'Neill says he's going to RETURN honorary doctorate to ... trends now
Modern Family star Ed O'Neill says he's going to RETURN honorary doctorate to ... trends now

Modern Family star Ed O'Neill says he's going to RETURN honorary doctorate to ... trends now

Modern Family star Ed O'Neill said he is going to return his honorary doctorate to Youngstown State University following the appointment of Trump-supporting Congressman Bill Johnson as the new president.

The veteran actor, 77, called the hiring of conservative Rep. Bill Johnson 'disgraceful' in an article shared by the YSU chapter of the Ohio Education Association on social media. 

'I've got a doctorate from YSU, an honorary doctorate, that I'm going to give back. I don't want it,' O'Neill said.

'I'm going to start calling it Trump-U. And I think a lot of people feel that way,' he added, as quoted in the article.

The article, originally published on Ideastream Public Media, emerged amid alumni backlash after the school hired Republican Congressman Bill Johnson, who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election result. 

Modern Family star Ed O'Neill, 77, called the hiring of conservative Rep. Bill Johnson 'disgraceful' in an article shared by the YSU chapter of the Ohio Education Association on social media

Modern Family star Ed O'Neill, 77, called the hiring of conservative Rep. Bill Johnson 'disgraceful' in an article shared by the YSU chapter of the Ohio Education Association on social media

Congressman Johnson voted to overturn the 2020 election result and endorsed Donald Trump in the 2024 election

Congressman Johnson voted to overturn the 2020 election result and endorsed Donald Trump in the 2024 election

Youngstown State University hired Republican Congressman Bill Johnson, who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election result

Youngstown State University hired Republican Congressman Bill Johnson, who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election result

O'Neill, who played football for YSU, said the university's board of trustees hired Johnson for political motivations. 

'I know they're saying it's not political. Of course it is. … If you would say it isn't, you'd have to be an artichoke,' he said. 

He went on to suggest that

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