Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett, according to the show’s executive producer Phil Rosenthal, hit a symbolic wall at one point during the run of the CBS hit comedy.
The cast and crew were very much a family and did what any other family would do – they brought in a game show host to jolly him out of his sadness.
Here’s what happened.
Brad Garrett joined the show as a comedian like Romano
After winning the 1984 Star Search competition, Brad Garrett set his sights higher.
The win put him in the spotlight as an entertainer and soon Garrett found himself a regular guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Before he knew it, he had auditioned for and landed the role of Robert Barone on the new CBS situation comedy starring fellow stand-up comedian, Ray Romano.
After the sitcom wrapped up its ninth season in 2005, the towering actor opened Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas, and has been a prolific voice talent in movies such as Finding Nemo and Ratatouille, among countless others.
“My heart is in [Las Vegas]”, he told Las Vegas Magazine in 2017. “I think comedy is on a huge rise, and not only do we need the humor now more than ever considering where the world is at, but the clubs are coming back. Our venue is built for comedy as opposed to some other rooms.”
Garrett felt down about this
In a 2005 interview with the Archive of American Television, Everybody Loves Raymond‘s creator and executive producer Phil Rosenthal opened up about what had brought Garrett down.
“Everyone was nominated for an Emmy one year, except for Brad,” Rosenthal explained, “and I made a little speech after the nominations came out, at our table reading. [I said] ‘I want to congratulate Peter Boyle nominated Best Supporting Actor; Doris Roberts nominated Best Supporting Actress.”
At this point, Rosenthal continued ticking off the names: “‘Patricia Heaton, Ray Romano, just fantastic,’ everybody cheered.”
Rosenthal continued, to Brad Garrett’s dismay.
“‘I just want to to say everybody got exactly what they deserved, really great!’ and then Brad’s face was like, ‘You’re really saying this?’”
Brad Garrett and the game show host
Rosenthal said that he and the show’s cast continued torturing Garrett for a while more about Emmy nominations. In the next moment, before the actor knew what was happening, Bob Barker, who was still host of CBS game show The Price Is Right, appeared out of nowhere.
Laughing, Rosenthal said, “And then Bob Barker came out from backstage, with confetti and balloons, and a trophy for Brad [that said] ‘World’s Greatest Actor.’ Mr. Barker was very sweet. The girls, you know, presenting. We just needed to tell Brad that we loved him.”
After receiving the Bob Barker trophy, Garrett went on, in total, to win three Emmy Awards for his work on the sitcom in 2002, 2003, and 2005.
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