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Axed: Judge Judy to end in 2021

After 25 seasons, US court show to end -but Judith Sheindlin plans to continue.

Long-running US daytime show Judge Judy will end in 2021 with its 25th season.

But Judith Sheindlin, 77, will return in a new show Judy Justice. The surprise announcement, made on Ellen, doesn’t make clear where her next project will land.

“I’ve had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS, and it’s been successful,” Sheindlin told Ellen DeGeneres. “Next year will be our 25th season, silver anniversary, and CBS, I think, sort of felt, they wanted to optimally utilise the repeats of my program, because now they have 25 years of reruns. So what they decided to do was to sell a couple of years’ worth of reruns.”

But, Sheindlin added, “I’m not tired. So Judy Justice will be coming out a year later… Judge Judy you’ll be able to see next year, full year, all new shows. The following couple of years, you should be able to catch all the reruns that are currently carrying Judy, and Judy Justice will be going elsewhere. Isn’t that fun?”

Sheindlin is one of the highest-paid stars on television, clocking US$47 million a year for Judge Judy, and averaging 10 million US viewers daily.

The end of the show represents a major cost savings for ViacomCBS. Sheindlin sold her show’s library to CBS in August 2017 for a reported US$95-$100 million. She was later sued for allegedly withholding $4.75 million from two producers who helped launch the program more than two decades ago.

Judge Judy screens in Australia on 10.

Source: Variety

5 Responses

  1. Judge Judy is a total enigma to me, I find it difficult to understand how her show lasted so long but it is made in the USA, so that explains it all, voyeurism rules.
    You have to admire her business acumen though, plainly no producer got the better of her, she lived the American dream, including Petri Hawkins-Byrd, whose role as court bailiff earned him a nice 1 million a year. Nice job if you can get it.

  2. I have for a long time had great respect for Judge Judy. She is a great example of how maturity can come with wisdom and experience. From a family court background, she has gained a good understanding of people, law, balance and fairness. I agreed overwhelmingly with the vast majority of her judgments. Not to forget the great and respectable bailiff Byrd too.

    Even she had to learn the lessons from not looking after the contractual side of the show behind the scenes.

  3. I’ve been expecting this for a while and sad to read that JJ will be no more. I figured it would signal her retirement from the screen. Of course I will follow whatever she does next. One of my favourite programs. Judy was such an awesome find and wow what a success she made of it. Incredible run and financial behemoth.

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