Popular courtroom TV show Judge Judy is set to end after 25 seasons. Judge Judy Sheindlin has presided over the courtroom reality series since 1996, overseeing civil cases with maximum damages of $5,000.
Speaking during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that aired on Monday, the star confirmed the Daytime Emmy award-winning show had been canceled, and will end after its 2020-2021 season.
Judy hinted that CBS thought she was too old to continue paying $47 million a year.
"CBS (which syndicates the show) sort of felt, I think, they wanted to optimally utilize the repeats of my program," said the retired 77-year-old judge. "Now they have 25 years of my reruns. What they decided to do is sell a couple of years' worth of reruns."
But Judy, who is married to Judge Jerry Sheindlin, isn't ready for the retirement home just yet. She announced she has a new show in the works, Judy Justice, which "will be coming out a year later".
"Judge Judy, you'll be able to see next year — a full year, all new shows. The following couple of years, you should be able to get all the reruns that CBS has sold on the stations currently carrying Judge Judy, and Judy Justice will be going elsewhere," she confirmed, adding, "Isn't that fun?"