08/27/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT
Now everybody loves Raymond just a little bit more. Sitcom star Ray Romano, along with "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal and other executives from the show, have coughed up a small percentage of their syndication profits to settle a pay dispute with costars Patricia Heaton, Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Brad Garrett, the Emmy-winning actor who plays Romano's envious older brother, also had been holding out for a pay increase, which he received along with the syndication percentage, the trade paper noted. Though Garrett was written out of the first episode of the show because of the standoff, he was expected to return to the set Wednesday to begin filming the second episode, according to the New York Times.
The ensemble cast's salary revolt had threatened the start of the CBS hit's eighth season, as cast members called in sick at various times, delaying production. The percentage they will get from syndication is likely to be worth tens of millions of dollars as long as the hit show remains on the air, the Reporter noted.
CBS earlier had said it wouldn't budge on Garrett's contract, but the recent deal means Garrett will get a pay increase, along with a retroactive pay hike to cover last year's shows, according to The Reporter.