19 October 2012 11:17 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Patricia Heaton isn't at all surprised that Ray Romano is one of television's three highest-paid actors.

"It's great," the current star of ABC's Wednesday comedy "The Middle" tells Zap2it about her former "Everybody Loves Raymond" work spouse, who placed behind $24-million-earning Ashton Kutcher and tied with Hugh Laurie at $18 million on Forbes Magazine's latest list of top moneymakers among TV stars.

"Ray and [writer-producer] Phil Rosenthal were the driving forces behind 'Raymond,' and they're really detail-oriented people," Heaton says. "Often, I get the question, 'How much did you ad-lib on "Everybody Loves Raymond"?' I'm actually asked that about 'The Middle,' too, and the answer is, 'Not one single word.' Not an 'and,' not a 'the.'

"Everything is word-for-word what the writers have written ... and if you don't get it right the first time, you've got to go back and do it again. That's because »

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