If you’re a Judge Judy fan, you’ll have to say goodbye soon. Judy Sheindlin has revealed that her show, “Judge Judy”, will end after its 25th season on the air.
In a recent appearance on the Ellen Show, Judy Sheindlin revealed that her 25-year-old show, Judge Judy, would be coming to an end. She said she is going to focus her energies on a new show called “Judy Justice”.
“I’ve had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS and it’s been successful; next year will be our 25th season, silver anniversary, and CBS sort of felt, I think, they wanted to optimally utilize the repeats of my program,” she said. “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 I’m not tired,” said Judy. “So ‘Judy Justice’ will be coming out a year later.”
When Ellen asked Judy what network the new show would air on, she replied, “I can’t tell you yet.”
“Judge Judy” fans don’t need to worry just yet about their favorite show ending. The last season of the show, which first aired on September 16, 1996, will run from the fall of 2020 until the spring of 2021. After that, reruns will be in circulation and Judy will be free to continue with her newest endeavor.
“The following couple of years, you should be able to catch all the reruns that CBS has sold to the stations that are currently carrying ‘Judge Judy’, and ‘Judy Justice’ will be going elsewhere – isn’t that fun?” said Judy.
She also told Ellen she just wasn’t ready to leave television yet. “If you’re not tired, you’re not supposed to stop. We talked about that the last time we were here.”
One question that remains is if CBS payroll companies will continue giving Judge Judy her current annual salary of $47 million.
Judy’s most recent agreement with CBS was slated to last from 2015 throughout this year. In 2017, CBS paid Judy almost $100 million for more than 5,200 hours of content, which sparked a lawsuit from the two producers she created the show with.
The estate of Sandi Spreckman (who passed away 11 years ago) and Kaye Switzer filed the suit two years ago, saying they are owed money from the sale of the content, and the case is headed to trial.