As with every long-running sitcom that has wrapped, there’s always a chance that those involved in creating the magic will be enticed to reunite.
So when Brad Garrett dropped in on Night Views Radio, host Robert Saul was quick to ask about an Everybody Loves Raymond reunion.
And without missing a beat, Brad—who played Robert Barone on the CBS series that signed off in 2005— replied:
“No, that will never happen. Ray [Romano] isn’t the type who would ever do that. Like Jerry Seinfeld, Ray knew when to go out.
“To this day, nobody made the money on TV that Ray did, on the last two years of the show… The money he turned down just to do a year 10 was unfathomable.
“But what’s great about Ray is, it’s all about the craft. And he knew we were out of stories and he really wanted to go out on top. We knew there’d never be a reunion. But with the passing of Peter [Boyle], there would never, ever… Out of respect, out of the love we have for Peter— you know, he was such a huge part of that show. And to try to do anything not along those lines would not only not be Ray’s vision, but it wouldn’t be respectful to Peter.”
But that wasn’t all Brad had to say about Peter, who died in 2006 of multiple myeloma and heart disease. He then recalled a little-known facet of the Young Frankenstein star’s physical presence, namely that…well, ah,we’ll let Brad take this one himself:
“Four or five years into the show we discovered Peter had a flatulence problem. The guy gave farts a bad name. It became an issue, a funny issue—like, Who’s going to stand next to Peter in this scene?
“Near the end of the fifth year, and we’re all standing outside the door before we’re all supposed to enter to do a scene. The audience is all there… and one of the cameras breaks down and the director calls for a five-minute hold. So it’s me, Peter, Doris [Roberts] and Patty [Heaton]. We’re all waiting outside for our cue…and god bless Peter, he just lets one go.
“Doris’ makeup starts to run. One of Patty’s fake t— deflates. And Peter, god love him, looks up and for the first time in five years goes, ‘Sorry, but I got to tell you, I got three more coming.’
“So this just shows you he had such a problem that he even knew how many were left in the chamber.
“But he was just so funny and such a genius that we put up with it.”
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