The end of an era: ‘Judge Judy’ to end after 25 seasons

Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The verdict is in: Judge Judy Sheindlin will recuse herself from the bench after a 25-season run on her mega popular reality show Judge Judy.

Variety confirms that Sheindlin made the big announcement during a pre-recorded interview on Ellen that airs today.

For those upset to see the series come to an end have a little while longer with the long-running syndicated show.  The final season has yet to air, meaning fans can catch all-new episodes into the 2021 TV season.

In addition, CBS Television Distribution will allow stations to air repeat episodes — so there won’t be a Judge Judy-less TV landscape for quite some time.  

Also, this isn’t the end of Sheindlin television career.  In fact, Emmy Award-winning star intends to launch a brand new series called Judy Justice.  Unfortunately, Sheindlin wasn’t too forthcoming with information about her new project.

“I’ve had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS, and it’s been successful,” the judge told Ellen for her Monday interview.  “But, I’m not tired. So Judy Justice will be coming out a year later.”  

In addition, she revealed why it was time to say goodbye to Judge Judy.  “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,” The 77-year-old explained.

Sheindlin is currently one of the highest paid TV stars, collecting an astounding $47 million a year for Judge Judy alone.

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