The producer of TV show Everybody Loves Raymond had to dip into his own pocket to pay for the disruption caused by cast absences.
Co-star Brad Garrett has also been absent from the set - and will be until bosses begin negotiations on his requested pay rise. He has so far been written out of the season premiere.
Insurance covered a big chunk of the cash lost when the taping of the series' eighth season was scrapped. But about 45 members of the crew stood to lose $80,000 (GBP50,000) in weekly wages that weren't covered, production sources tell DAILY VARIETY.
The crew members still got paid, however, because the show's executive producer PHIL ROSENTHAL wrote a cheque to make up for what the insurance didn't cover.
And more cash is expected to come from the pockets of Rosenthal and the show's star RAY ROMANO - sources tell the trade publication that all of the series' profit participants could decide to give up a small portion of their profits to keep salary concerns at bay.
Meanwhile, Brad Garrett has been written out of the sitcom for a second successive week after failing to show up for work yesterday morning (25AUG03).26/08/2003 02:04