'Judge Judy' to End After 25 Years in Syndication

Judy Sheindlin has topped Forbes’ highest-paid daytime TV hosts list thanks to that syndication deal

Judy Sheindlin announced Monday that her record-breaking syndicated court show “Judge Judy” will come to an end after its 2020-2021 season after 25 years on the air… but she has another show in the works.

Sheindlin made the big announcement on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday.

“CBS [Television Distribution] sort of felt, I think, they wanted to optimally utilize the repeats of my program,” she said. “Now they have 25 years of my reruns. What they decided to do is sell a couple of years’ worth of reruns.”

“But,” she quickly added, “I’m not tired, so ‘Judy Justice’ will be coming out a year later.”

Where, exactly, her fans will be able to catch the news show is a big secret… for the time being. But she did go into a tiny more detail about both shows.

“‘Judge Judy,’ you’ll be able to see next year — a full year, all new shows,” she said. “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. Isn’t that fun?”

Sheindlin easily topped Forbes’ list of the highest-paid daytime TV hosts for 2018. Thanks to a lucrative deal that sold the rights to the thousands of episodes of her long-running courtroom show, took in an estimated $147 million pretax in the 12 months preceding June 2018, Forbes said.

The former Manhattan family court judge recently went all-in on endorsing former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg for the Democratic party’s candidate for president, saying she would “fight to the death” to stop those trying to “revolutionize” the country.

Watch her interview with DeGeneres above.

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  • Queen Latifah is a real head-scratcher. The rapper and actress has broad audience appeal and likeability. But she’s bombed with two different talk shows titled “The Queen Latifah Show,” one in 1999-2001 and another from 2013 to 2015.

  • Everyone loves Tony Danza, right? Maybe not. The irrepressible former “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss” star premiered “The Tony Danza Show” in 2004. Audiences were apparently unimpressed by games like “Extravadanza!” and the show was yanked after two years.

  • “The Wayne Brady Show” arose out of his work on ABC’s primetime improv hit “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” But Brady’s charm evidently didn’t translate to daytime, and the show was axed in 2004 after two seasons.

  • Jane Pauley was the widely admired cohost of “Today.” That would make her a natural fit for her own daytime show, right? Nope. “The Jane Pauley Show” premiered in 2004 and was canceled after just one season.

  • “Anderson Live” had one of the most impressive sets in talk-show history, with big picture windows looking out on Central Park in New York. But viewers didn’t care all that much for the view and CNN newsman Anderson Cooper saw his show axed after two seasons, ending in 2013.

  • Katie Couric’s syndicated daytime talkshow, “Katie,” was canceled in 2013 a year after it debuted in 2012, airing for a total of 2 seasons.  The ill-fated show, which failed to break through to the “Ellen” and “Dr. Phil” ranks, was distributed by Disney/ABC Television Group.

  • “The Meredith Vieira Show” was canceled in 2016 after 2 seasons. After debuting in 2014, it was quickly renewed for a second season, which premiered to much lower ratings than the first season. After the cancellation, Vieira transitioned to coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for NBCUniversal.

  • Harry Connick Jr.’s syndicated daytime talk show, “Harry,” was canceled by NBCUniversal Television Distribution in 2018 after only two seasons. It had aired on Fox-owned stations for a total of 299 episodes, though in the end, it failed to find its footing.

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From Oprah to Ellen, daytime TV has found its own array of talk-show stars. But clearly the format isn’t for everyone. Here are eight ill-fated talk shows from stars who deserved better. 

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