“Judge Judy” is coming to an end after 25 seasons, but the court show will continue airing reruns.
Host Judy Sheindlin isn’t quite ready to hang up her gavel, though. Appearing on Monday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Sheindlin said that the 2020-21 season of “Judge Judy” will be the final season.
The 77-year-old celebrity added that she would be moving on to a new endeavor called Judy Justice, but there has been no word yet on when the show will debut.
For 25 years, CBS has aired the Judge Judy show, but with the approach of its 25th season, the network “wanted to optimally utilize repeats of my program,” Sheindlin told Ellen.
“[W]hat they decided to do was to sell a couple of years’ worth of reruns,” Sheindlin continued.
Court show #JudgeJudy to set to end after 25 seasons, says host Judy Sheindlin, who reveals that she has a new show titled 'Judy Justice' in the works https://t.co/d1rJ92osFc pic.twitter.com/3DFsKh5tNc
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 2, 2020
Judge Judy has ranked as one of the top-rated syndicated programs, averaging about 9 million viewers a day, according to the Hollywood Reporter. As for Sheindlin, she is the highest-paid personality on TV, earning over $40 million a year.
Sheindlin signed her current contract with CBS in 2015 and two years later, she signed a deal with the company allowing them to acquire the complete library of her show, which includes more than 5,000 hours of programming.