Mitchell can’t save you now, Cam! On Wednesday, Sept. 24, Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet got quite the surprise on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The Emmy-winning star has a history of falling victim to the host’s pranks, which includes people dressed as scary clowns and dogs spooking him from behind. 

Hoping to prevent a similar scare, Stonestreet, 43, brought two friends, Paul and Stacy, as bodyguards. 

“[They’re] here to have my back today, Ellen,” a stern-looking Stonestreet told DeGeneres. “You know, I thought we were friends. You proved the last few times you and your production staff don’t give two cents about me or my underwear because I about crapped them the last time I was here.” 

The comedic actor then instructed his pal bodyguards to “create a perimeter,” and to give him a warning if and when an attacker was on its way. 

Unfortunately, the sneaky host had an even more ingenious plan up her blazer sleeves, scaring Stonestreet in the most unexpected way. 

Watch the clip to see the funny moment!