DON'T TAKE MY WIFE! PLEASE! SAYS RAY ROMANO,
SHE HOLDS THE PURSE STRINGS � "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY
Comedian Ray Romano tells Steve Kroft that he would be lost without his wife, Anna, who runs his life � especially his finances. The star of EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND discusses the hit sitcom and his real life in a 60 MINUTES segment to be broadcast Sunday, May 8 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"She does the whole thing," Romano tells Kroft. "God forbid, if aliens came and took her away and didn't hurt her and kept her in a safe place and�[brought] her back in, like, six months, for those six months, I wouldn't know what to do," says Romano of his wife of 18 years. "I mean, I'd throw a party," he jokes, "but I wouldn't know how to pay for it."
Romano's show bows out in a few weeks after a very successful nine seasons. The former stand-up comic from Queens, N.Y., may not know how to get at his money, but there's plenty of it. There's so much, the real-life Ray avoids the grief that on-screen Raymond is subjected to on the weekly sitcom. "I just go to work, come home and my wife lets me throw my clothes on the floor and she doesn't say anything, so I must be making some money," quips Romano.
Once doing stand-up for $75 a weekend, Romano will leave television as its highest paid star ever, earning $1.8 million per episode last season. When Kroft tells him that is twice the money pro-basketball star Shaquille O'Neal makes, Romano was ready. "And I'm a better foul shooter than him. Seriously�I keep a chart. I take a hundred free throws and I'm about 61 percent," he tells Kroft. "Shaquille's like 50 [percent]." True to form, Romano sunk six out of 10 foul shots on his backyard court for 60 MINUTES cameras.