The woman, best known as Judge Judy, is leaving CBS after an impressive 25 years, of which her courtroom show was the best show in all syndicated TV shows.
The daytime TV star, whose real name is Judy Sheindlin, told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Wednesday that it was influenced by the way another of her shows were handled. Hot Bench, which she created, premiered in 2014 and consists of a jury: Tanya Acker, Patricia Dimango and Michael Corriero. And all three decide the matters ahead of them.
The WSJ reports that when CBS released the syndicated Drew Barrymore Show in September, “some CBS stations in major markets made room for it by moving the court show” Hot Bench to their secondary channels.” Understandably, this didn’t sit well with Sheindlin, especially as it reportedly surpasses Barrymore in ratings, averaging 2.3 million viewers to 719,000 this season.
“You have disrespected my creation,” Sheindlin said. “And you were wrong. Not only because you disrespected my creation, but also because of your gamble on what you put in its place.’
Then Sheindlin laughed.
“We had a nice marriage,” she said. “It’s going to be a divorce between Bill and Melinda Gates.”
In response, CBS Media Ventures President Steve LoCascio told the paper, “We have had an incredibly successful relationship with Judy over the past 25 years. It has been an honor to represent her show, and just as there has never been another Oprah, will there will never be another Judge Judy.”
Sheindlin has made tons of money over the years. Forbes estimated in May 2020 that she has amassed a fortune of $440 million between the two TV projects, mainly from the $47 million a year she made Judge Judy since 2012. Now the last, new episode is tentatively scheduled for July 23.
While many people would consider retiring at this point – Sheindlin is 78 – she already has plans for a new show, which has no title yet. It’s slated to debut on Amazon’s streaming service IMDb TV, and the judge will hear cases with larger amounts at stake. There will also be less than half of the 260 episodes per season she’s filming now.
“I don’t play golf. I don’t play tennis. I don’t play mahjong,” she said. “Why would I want to look for something I want to do when I already know what I like to do?”
She would obviously like the new show to do well, but if it doesn’t, she’s fine with it.
“Right now,” she said, “I don’t need that validation of my footprint.”
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