Judge Judy felt slighted by CBS when her show ‘Hot Bench’ was bumped for ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’


Judy Sheindlin, greatest referred to as the star of “Decide Judy,” is leaving CBS. (Photograph: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Photos)

The lady greatest referred to as Decide Judy is departing from CBS after a formidable 25-year run — throughout a lot of which her courtroom present was the highest first-run present in all of syndicated TV.

The daytime TV star, whose actual identify is Judy Sheindlin, advised the Wall Avenue Journal in an interview revealed Wednesday that it was affected by the way in which one other certainly one of her exhibits was dealt with. Scorching Bench, which she created, premiered in 2014 and incorporates a panel of judges: Tanya Acker, Patricia Dimango and Michael Corriero. And all three rule on the circumstances earlier than them. 

The WSJ stories that when CBS launched the syndicated Drew Barrymore Present in September, “some CBS stations in main markets made room for it by shifting the courtroom present Scorching Bench to their secondary channels.” Understandably, this didn’t sit nicely with Sheindlin, particularly as a result of it is reportedly besting Barrymore within the scores: a median of two.three million viewers to 719,000 this season.

“You disrespected my creation,” Sheindlin mentioned. “And also you had been flawed. Not solely in disrespecting my creation, however your gamble in what you set as an alternative.”

Then Sheindlin laughed. 

“We had a pleasant marriage,” she mentioned. “It will be a Invoice and Melinda Gates divorce.”

In response, CBS Media Ventures President Steve LoCascio advised the newspaper, “Now we have had an extremely profitable relationship with Judy during the last 25 years. It has been an honor representing her present, and identical to there has by no means been one other Oprah, there’ll by no means be one other Decide Judy.”

Sheindlin has earned buckets of cash over time. Forbes estimated in Could 2020 that she’s amassed a fortune of $440 million between the 2 TV tasks, largely from the $47 million a yr that she’s earned on Decide Judy since 2012. Now, the final, new episode of it’s tentatively scheduled to air July 23.

Whereas lots of people would take into account retiring at this level — Sheindlin is 78 — she already has plans for a brand new present, which continues to be untitled. It is scheduled to debut on Amazon’s streaming service IMDb TV, and can function the choose taking over circumstances with bigger quantities at stake. There will even be fewer than half of the 260 episodes per season that she movies now.

“I do not play golf. I do not play tennis. I do not play mahjong,” she mentioned. “Why would I wish to search for one thing I wish to do after I already know what I love to do?”

She, after all, would love the brand new present to do nicely, nevertheless it’s OK together with her if it does not.

“At this level,” she mentioned, “I do not want that validation of my footprint.”

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