Judge Judy (Judy Sheindlin) revealed during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday that her syndicated court show will end after the upcoming 25th season.
She also revealed that a new series, Judy Justice, was in the works.
“I’ve had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS, and it’s been successful; next year will be our 25th season, silver anniversary. And CBS sort of felt, I think, they wanted to optimally utilize the repeats of my program… so what they decided to do was to sell a couple of years’ worth of reruns.”
But Judge Judy said she was not yet tired of playing judge on TV, so she plans to start a new series called Judy Justice.
However, it was not clear whether Judy Justice will be a reboot of her syndicated court show for another network.
When Ellen DeGeneres asked her which network will air the new series, she said she did not want to say yet.
But she confirmed that the final season of Judge Judy would air from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021. Fans will then get the chance to see reruns of old episodes that CBS airs in syndication, while Judy Justice goes to another network.
Judge Judy was formerly a Manhattan family court judge
Judge Judy was born in October 1942 and raised in Brooklyn. She was formerly a Brooklyn family court judge who gained a reputation as a tough, no-nonsense judge.
Her court show debuted in September 1996 and has aired more than 5,000 episodes.
Judge Judy is the most-watched court show on TV, with an average of more than 9 million daily viewers. She is the highest-paid TV personality with an annual salary of $47 million, according to the Daily Mail.
Her last deal with CBS sparked a lawsuit
She signed her final contract for three more seasons of the show with CBS TV Distribution in 2015.
She also signed a $100 million deal with CBS in 2017 that granted the network the rights to the complete library of the Judge Judy series, consisting of about 5,200 hours of programming, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The deal sparked a lawsuit by other producers who were involved in the making of the series.
Judge Judy has won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program and received several nominations.
She was also awarded on Star on the Walk of Fame in February 2006 at 7065 Hollywood Blvd.