Bailiff Byrd out of Judy Justice series

“She informed me I was not being asked to come along on the project," says longtime Judge Judy bailiff.

Judge Judy has spoken….

Petri Hawkins Byrd, the longtime bailiff on Judge Judy, is not required for her new series, Judy Justice.

LA-produced Judge Judy is ending at 25 seasons but Judy Sheindlin will re-appear in NYC-produced Judy Justice which is being made for IMDb.

“My assumption is if you were going on to do something else, that you were at least going to ask me if I wanted to have the opportunity to audition for the role,” Byrd told Entertainment Weekly.

“She informed me I was not being asked to come along on the project. I didn’t inquire as to why, that’s her choice. But she did inform me that fundamentally, I was priced out as the new bailiff on her new show. My salary would have been too much. I was curious: How would she know? She didn’t ask me. She didn’t give me an opportunity to have accepted a lower salary.”

In a brief statement Sheindlin said, “Byrd is terrific and we had a great 25-year-run. This is a whole new program with a whole new cast and an exciting energy.”


No broadcaster has been announced for the series in Australia.

8 Responses

      1. Judge Judy — Her $47 million annual salary translated into just over $900,000 per workday (she worked 52 days per year taping cases for Judge Judy).
        One would think she could have stumped up a million herself to keep someone who is as much a part of the show as she is…well, just my opinion 😞

      2. I think the last deal was about 60 million for a season, plus she sold the back catalogue of her show to CBS for about 120 million.
        Maybe she felt like she’d be insulting Byrd by offering less. That said, in the last few years (and this might just be me) if felt like she’s included him less and less in the cases. She used to include him and ask him questions, but he’ll be missed…

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