Everybody Loves Raymond is remembered fondly by many for its relatable comedy and honest insights into the inner workings of marriage and family. The show ran for nine years, and as you can imagine, there are a few crazy stories from the set of Everybody Loves Raymond. While some of those stories are lighthearted, there are also some dark Everybody Loves Raymond stories.
To some, this may not be surprising, as there was a whole lot of anger in the show - the family discord was much more in-your-face than shows like Home Improvement, for example, where the discord was buried in subtext. Still, some of the actors got themselves into some shady situations, and there was even a point when Ramano's co-stars were not so much in love with him (though he was probably used to such treatment, as fans don't seem to like him, either).
Everybody Loves Raymond behind the scenes was full of tension, whether it was due to a pay disparity between cast members or secret addictions and illnesses of the cast and crew. Not everything was gloom and doom, however; there are straight-up weird Everybody Loves Raymond facts that will surprise even the most die-hard of fans.
The Cast Was Pissed Ray Romano Made $1.8 Million Per Episode While They Were Only Making $160K
In 2003, Brad Garrett staged a work walkout from Everybody Loves Raymond. Garrett and the other cast members were making $160,000 per episode. While this is a fat paycheck, it was a far cry from the $1.8 million Ray Romano was receiving per episode.
The two-week standoff ended with all the cast members being included in syndication royalties, granting roughly $20 million to each of the cast members; before the walkout, only Romano was set to benefit from these residuals. Garrett has said there's no ill will toward Romano about the wage discrepancy, but it probably helps they received the pay bump they were seeking.
Sawyer Sweeten Tragically Died By Suicide At 19 Years Old
In April 2015, Sawyer Sweeten took his own life. Sweeten played Geoffrey Barone, twin brother of Michael (Sullivan Sweeten) on the show, the youngest children of Ray and Debra. His family, as one can imagine, was shocked.
His family had difficulty processing what happened to him. They opposed the idea he suffered from depression, saying, "What happened to our son was not textbook depression. He was happy, upbeat and loving. But in the last week of his life, we saw something happen. It was so rapid in progression that we were caught off guard."
Patricia Heaton, who was his onscreen mother, told E! News, "Sawyer was a funny and exceptionally bright young man. He is gone from us far too soon. The loss the Sweeten family is experiencing is unimaginable. Tonight hug your children a little tighter and please keep Sawyer and his family in your thoughts and prayers."
Brad Garrett Kept His Real Life Marital Woes A Secret During The Show's Run
Brad Garrett proposed to his girlfriend Jill Diven on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond in 1998. Unfortunately, the relationship didn't outlive the show, as the two separated in 2005 and then divorced in 2007. The two had issues throughout their relationship while the show was still filming, but Garrett insisted on keeping up a facade.
Despite going through this turmoil, the actor kept it under wraps from both his real family and television family until the news finally leaked in August 2006. Of course, it's not really anyone's business, but to have to put on a funny face while no one knows your life is in upheaval must be tough.
Brad Garrett Struggled With Alcohol Abuse In The Early Days Of The Show
In a 2015 interview with ET Online, Garrett revealed his struggles with alcohol during his early Everybody Loves Raymond days. He said he was a "high functioning alcoholic," drinking "a fifth a day." The interview was part of his press tour for his tell-all book, When the Balls Drop, in which he discussed his experience in more detail.
Garrett described his moment of revelation, stating, "This sh*t's eventually gonna kill me." He officially quit drinking April 12, 1997, just after the first season of the show ended.