Brad Garrett, who plays the idiot older brother on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” is refusing to show up to work for the eighth season even though he’s under contract.

A source close to the production told Reuters that Garrett earns $4 million per year, which comes to about $166,000 an episode and is said to be the lowest of the supporting cast.

It’s also a fraction of Romano’s salary, reportedly valued at nearly $2 million per episode under a renewal deal he struck in May that made him the highest-paid actor on U.S. television.

Now, I’m all for capitalism. The guy is a talented actor and, even though $166,000 an episode is an insane amount of money, it’s not enormous by Hollywood standards. But he’s under contract and should report for work.

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  1. Tiger says:

    However, in my opinion, the series would tank without him. His deadpan looks are the perfect compliment for Ray Romano’s style of humor. I suspect he holds an ace card. But then, many thought Bonanza would tank after Pernell Roberts, and see who got the wrong end of that deal.

  2. Tiger says:

    Actually, I believe it is Parnell. Hit send too quickly.