Jesse Tyler Ferguson let some big personal news slip out during a recent appearance on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” The “Modern Family” star was sitting on the stage with Corden’s other guest, Charlie Hunnam, and the two were discussing turning 40 years-old.
That’s when Ferguson decided to tell everyone that him and husband Justin Mikita are going to be welcoming their first child this year.
“It’s when you finally become an adult, I feel,” Ferguson said when asked what it was like to turn 40. “Like, ‘I need to start getting serious about things.’
“Actually, this is something I haven’t even mentioned to anyone, if we could just keep it between the three of us and you all, but I’m actually expecting a baby in July with my husband,” he said. “But shh, don’t tell anyone. Let’s keep it between us.”
“I’m very excited, but it feels like I’m 44 now, let’s get this show going,” he continued. “Tick tock.”
Corden then tried to get more details out of him. “Oh, my God! Do you know what you’re having? A boy? A girl?” he asked.
Ferguson wouldn’t spill the beans on that one, instead jokingly responding back with “a human.”
Ferguson and Mikita were engaged during a vacation in Mexico and 2012 and were married the next year. They have always been open about the idea of wanting to have a family someday.
“We are very excited to start a family,” Ferguson told PEOPLE in 2013. “We don’t have any sort of timeline right now. When you have to look for alternate means, there’s a little more planning that has to go into that, so who knows. When we start the process it might still be a three-year ordeal. We’ll see what happens!”
PopCulture.com has more details on the extremely busy year Ferguson has slated, beyond the fact that he’s becoming a dad:
The couple’s upcoming arrival comes at a busy time for Ferguson. Along with wrapping the final season of Modern Family, on which he has starred as Mitchell Pritchett since the series’ premiere back in 2009, he is also slated to host the HGTV’s upcoming Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The role had previously been held by Ty Pennington when the series ran on ABC for nine seasons from 2003 until 2012. Ferguson was announced to be taking over hosting duties in June, with the revival set to premiere on HGTV on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. ET.