Long running CBS syndicated series Judge Judy will be ending after 25 seasons, with the announcement set to be given this morning on the latest episode of Ellen.
“I’ve had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS, and it’s been successful,” Sheindlin told DeGeneres. “Next year will be our 25th season, silver anniversary, and CBS, I think, sort of felt, 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.”
Judge Judy debuted in 1996, and since then Sheindlin has become one of the highest-paid starts on television, earning $47 million a year. The syndicated television series is the number one first-run syndicated program, and has been the highest-rated court program since it debuted. The series averages 10 millions viewers a day. The shoe has also won Daytime Emmy Awards for legal-courtroom program in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Sheindlin herself also received the lifetime achievement award at last year’s Daytime Emmy’s.
It’s been long expected that the 25th season would be the last for the show, after all CBS bought the rights to the show’s library for $95 million to $100 million back in 2017 and extended Sheindlin’s contract up to then. No official word had been given though.
The final season of Judge Judy hasn’t aired yet, which means new episodes will still be coming. When it does end though, don’t expect Sheindlin to disappear. She told DeGeneres that she has a new show on the horizon, Judy Justice. While she doesn’t say what the show will be about, where it will air, or what format it will take, she does say it will premiere about a year after Judge Judy ends.