EVERYBODY LOVES MONEY
RAY Romano may have pocketed $2.7 million for each final-season episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, but his co-stars, including Doris Roberts (who played mum Maree), were on less.
Roberts played hardball with the CBS network and cut a backend profit deal that could, with repeat screenings of the show, earn her $15-20 million.
Les Moonves, president of CBS, described dealing with Roberts as like negotiating with your mother.
‘‘He (Moonves) listed all the people who’d been fired from TV for asking for money. When he finished I said, ‘I’m grateful to you forever for giving me this part because it’s moved my career to the top. I’ll love you forever and goodbye’,’’ Roberts says. ‘‘So I guess we negotiated. But you have to know when you say that to someone (threaten to quit) that you are prepared to let it go. The first run of syndication of Raymond gave CBS $1 billion, so you have to share the money around a little, right?’’