The ruling is in: Judy Sheindlin, known to many simply by “Judge Judy,” will continue her straight-shooter findings in a new streaming court program.
Sheindlin, 78, revealed to Ellen DeGeneres in March that her current series, “Judge Judy,” which is syndicated to local TV stations, will end in May after 25 seasons. On Thursday, Amazon Studios said an untitled new series will stream on its free IMDb TV service.
The show “will feature no-nonsense, expeditious Judge Sheindlin’s signature adjudication style with a new array of cases, litigants and judgments,” Amazon says.
“I’m over the moon to be in business with Amazon Studios and continuing this incredible journey with them on a new platform is so exciting,” Sheindlin said in a Judy-style statement. “I used to yell at my husband, Jerry, for all the packages he had ordered from Amazon every day. I have enough mouthwash in the cabinets to keep the entire planet’s breath fresh until the next millennium. The doorbell never stops ringing. The dogs don’t even bark at the delivery people anymore. After I signed this deal, I apologized to Jerry. Who would have thought that the Sheindlin’s and Amazon would be mishpachah?” she added, using a Yiddish word for family.
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Sheindlin, who set the Guinness World Record in 2015 for longest career as a TV judge, was estimated by Forbes in 2018 to be the year’s highest paid TV host.
She ranked No. 1 for the first time that year and sold rights to her show’s extensive library for about $100 million. Added to the $47 million a year hosting “Judge Judy” and producing “Hot Bench,” Sheindlin is among America’s richest self-made women. “Judge Judy” averages about 8 million viewers, making it among the highest-rated syndicated series alongside “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!”
She explained her longevity to Ellen DeGeneres in March: “If you’re not tired, you’re not supposed to stop.”
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff and Cydney Henderson
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