Back in 2005, the late Doris Roberts opened up about working on the show Everybody Loves Raymond and all the nitty-gritty details. She clearly has a lot of pride in her work, but she didn’t hold back on telling all about how the exec producer treated the cast of the show, specifically executive producer Phil Rosenthal.
She claims that Rosenthal was very “hands-on” and elaborates more on that. “He’s very hands-on, very hands-on. If it was written, ‘Raymond, are you hungry?’ and I said, ‘Are you hungry, Raymond?,’ [Rosenthal] would scream ‘Stop!’ in front of an audience, in front of everyone. Which I, as well as all my fellow actors, found horrible.”
Doris Roberts opens up about exec producer treatment of the ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ cast
Despite this, Roberts does praise him as a gifted writer and showrunner. “He’s brilliant at what he does, brilliant. He’s a great showrunner, knows exactly what is needed and how to get it. Towards the end, he got better, but you can’t do that to actors.”
Her favorite episodes from the show
Roberts also opened up about her favorite episode of Everybody Loves Raymond. “I loved “Ray’s Diary,” Roberts reveals. “I thought that had many levels of tenderness and pathos and sensitivity and humor. I loved that one very much, very much.”