Raymond loves everybody in his cast — even striking costar Brad Garrett. Ray Romano says that he expects Garrett — who’s refusing to turn up on set until he gets a raise — to return to ”Everybody Loves Raymond.” ”We’re a family. Everybody is coming back. We need Brad there,” Romano told Entertainment Tonight. ”We want him back as soon as we can get him back.” Romano reportedly makes about $1.8 million an episode — a figure cited by Garrett in his negotiations for more cash.
In Garrett’s absence, the show has been plagued by cast members taking sick days. Doris Roberts and Peter Boyle each missed shooting on Monday, while Patricia Heaton delayed production by missing all of last week. Romano told ET he’d just like the excitement to end: ”We want everything back to normal.” He didn’t offer to donate some of his salary to Garrett, however.