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Sofia Vergara’s Emmy Dress Mishap Explained

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It was the bombshell rip seen around the world.  The split right down the back of Modern Family star Sofia Vergara’s sequined Zuhair Murad gown just moments before the ABC sitcom won its third Emmy for best comedy series went viral thanks to the actress herself.

Vergara, 40, not only tweeted a photo of herself being sewn back into the dress, she also tweeted a picture of the damage, exposing a clear view of her rear end, along with the caption, “Yes!!!! This happened 20 min before we won!!!! Jajajajja. I luv my life!!!!”

The gag seemed like something straight out of Modern Family, not something that would happen to its most glamorous star on TV’s biggest night.

So how did it happen?  Vergara appeared on Good Morning America today to explain it all.

Vergara said she discovered the tear after her co-star Julie Bowen won the Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy. Explaining to the GMA co-hosts she said, "I don't know what happened. I was perfectly well sitting in my [chair] and when Julie came back to the stage with her award I wanted to take a picture with her. So I got out of my seat...I got up, but then I see my boyfriend and my friend behind me like, 'Noooo!'"

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