'Judge Judy' to End After 25 Seasons; New Show, 'Judy Justice,' in the Works
"Judge Judy" is coming to an end after 25 seasons. Host Judy Sheindlin appears on today's "The Ellen DeGeneres", where she told DeGeneres that the 2020-21 season of "Judge Judy" — the show's 25th — will also be its last. Judy explains, "I've had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS [Television Distribution, which distributes the show], 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. 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, so 'Judy Justice' will be coming out a year later." Asked by DeGeneres where viewers will be able to watch the new show, Sheindlin replied: "I can't tell you yet." She expanded upon the news slightly: "Judge Judy, you'll be able to see next year — a full year, all new shows. ... 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?" Sheindlin is the highest-paid personality on TV, earning $47 million a year. "Judge Judy" ranks as one of the top-rated syndicated programs, averaging roughly 9 million viewers a day, and is TV's most-watched court show. Judge Judy is coming to an end after 25 seasons, but host Judy Sheindlin says a new show called 'Judy Justice' is in the works.