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Patricia Heaton received two Emmys and was nominated 7 periods for enjoying Ray Romano’s spouse in the smash sitcom “Everybody Enjoys Raymond.”
But her casting as Debra Barone just about did not transpire, “Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal mentioned.
“CBS desired a person hotter to play Debra,” Rosenthal told Yahoo in a tale published Wednesday.
“I just about quit the present more than it,” he said.
Just before Heaton entered the photo, the network pushed another actor on him whom he viewed as “10 periods even worse for the part than I thought she would be!” when she briefly study for him.
Patricia Heaton, pictured with smaller-screen husband Ray Romano, on “Everybody Enjoys Raymond.”
Rosenthal mentioned he sooner or later was capable to persuade then-CEO Les Moonves and other network executives to permit him continue to keep seeking for the correct actor.
“Two months afterwards, Patty walked in and within 5 minutes she experienced the section,” he mentioned to Yahoo. “When it’s ideal, it’s ideal, and you know it promptly.”
“Everybody Enjoys Raymond” ran on CBS from 1996 to 2005. Heaton later on starred on an additional extended-running sitcom, ABC’s “The Middle” from 2009 to 2018, and the brief-lived “Carol’s Next Act” on CBS.
CBS did not right away respond to HuffPost’s ask for for comment.