EXCLUSIVE: Ray Romano Reveals Mary Tyler Moore's Influence on 'Everybody Loves Raymond'

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Ray Romano will always remember Mary Tyler Moore as one of the greats! The longtime sitcom star spoke with ET about Moore’s legacy following the news of her passing on Wednesday.

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“Both those shows were kind of pioneers in that style, in that format, and she was a pioneer herself, just to play a career woman when there really weren't any on TV, and she was just brilliant with the comedy,” Romano said. “I met her once… she was so nice to me.”

Romano said that his hit sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, drew inspiration from Moore’s work.

“Her style was very real,” he said. “It was a sitcom, which could be big and broad, but there was something so real about her. That's kind of when we did our show that was one of the shows we tried to emulate, you know? That kind of style and from everything I hear about her she was just... who she was on camera was just who she was. She was just a great person, yeah. It's a sad loss.”

As a comedian and actor, Romano will always appreciate Moore’s contribution, saying, “She did a lot for all of us.”

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The actor will next star in the upcoming EPIX series, Get Shorty. To see more from Romano's interview, tune into ET on Thursday. Check here for local listings.

And for more celebrity reactions to Moore’s passing, watch the clip below.