Gee, I wish I had it so tough! $160,000 per episode is not enough? Wow, must be nice. I really feel sorry for these actors - not!
Big Trouble On the Set of TV's 'Raymond'
It's CBS's biggest hit, but there's trouble brewing on the set of "Everybody Loves Raymond." The cast and crew were supposed to go back to work last week, but two key players didn't show up. Patricia Heaton called in sick, and Brad Garrett continued a work strike in the quest to raise his paycheck which now stands at $160,000 per episode--paltry compared to other actors on top-rated sitcoms. CBS is refusing to budge on Garrett's salary so this could be a prolonged absence.
But it was Heaton's unexpected sick day that delayed the start of production to this past Monday. She returned as scheduled, and Garrett was still out as expected. (His character, brother Robert, has even been written out of the new season's first episode.) And then surprise! Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts didn't show up.
The Hollywood Reporter says the two called in sick on Monday. But are they really ill? Their absence--they play Ray's parents--has fueled speculation that they are also eyeing more money. Still, a spokesman for Roberts insisted she is still healing from a knee injury she sustained while doing a magazine photo shoot at her home on August 7. "She has nothing to do at all with what else is going on there," the representative, Dale Olson, told the Hollywood Reporter. "It is just unfortunate timing." Boyle is said to be suffering from an adverse reaction to a prescription drug. Meanwhile, CBS has no comment.