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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?’’

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