CBS Cancels Judge Joe Brown

CBS has canned Judge Joe Brown, the longest-running courtroom TV series featuring a black judge.

The popular series helmed by outspoken real-life judge Joe Brown was cancelled after salary negotiations broke down, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years, as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show,” CBS Television Distribution said in a statement on Tuesday.

Brown reportedly earned $20 million a year, but CTD wanted to cut his salary due to declining ratings of the show.

‘Judge Joe Brown’ was down 17 percent in the February sweeps, THR reports.

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Brandy - Toni Belafonte

From press release:

“The cast of BET’s “The Game” toasted the sixth season and 100th episode of the hit series last night at the plush Soho House NY. Actors Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, Brandy, Tika Sumpter, and Barry Floyd along with cast newcomers Lauren London and Jay Ellis were on hand to mix and mingle with close friends and BET execs, while tweeting live during the premiere broadcast. BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee welcomed the intimate gathering of guests, which included Connie Orlando (VP, Original Programming – BET) Robi Reed (VP, Talent & Casting – BET), Michelle James (Sr. Director, 360 Consumer Marketing – BET), Tracey Austin (360 Consumer Marketing – BET), Emil Wilbekin (ESSENCE), Naturi Naughton, Bevy Smith, Jennifer Williams and more. Toni Belafonte, the Ultimate “The Game” SuperFan, was also in attendance and celebrated the debut of her show “Sideline Wrap-Up” that night on BET.com.”

“The Game” airs Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT on BET. Visit the show online at Bet.com/shows/the-game.

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