Since its debut in 1996, the courtroom show has been one of the most popular programs on television.
After airing 25 successful seasons, the famous show Judge Judy is coming to an end. Judy Sheindlin herself announced the big news during her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres show. The 77-year-old confirmed that the 2020-21 season of the courtroom television show will mark the end of its 25-year long production.
"I've had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS [Television Distribution, which distributes the show], 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," said the former judge to Ellen, according to Hollywood Reporter. However, viewers can still watch the repeats of the show. "Because now they have 25 years of reruns. So what they decided to do was to sell a couple of years' worth of reruns," said Sheindlin, according to Comic Book.
Moreover, she added that the decision was not an outcome of her being "tired". Sheindlin added she would soon be seen in another show. "But I'm not tired, so Judy Justice will be coming out a year later. Judge Judy, you’ll be able to see next year, full year, all new shows. The following couple of years, you should be able to catch all the reruns that are currently carrying Judy, and Judy Justice will be going elsewhere. Isn’t that fun?" stated Sheindlin. However, she did clarify if her new show will be another syndicated program or if it would be for a network. When asked where viewers could see her new show, the TV personality said, "I can't tell you yet."
Meanwhile, the news regarding Judge Judy's last season came as a surprise. Since its debut in 1996, the show has been the first syndicated program to have an average of 10 million viewers per day. In addition to that, the show has been the highest-rated courtroom program every season it was aired, according to Variety. The popular show has also been the recipient of several awards. The show was awarded the Daytime Emmy Awards for legal/courtroom program in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Apart from that, Sheindlin received a lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Daytime Emmys.
According to Variety, her contact for the show was extended with the network in 2015. Previously, Sheindlin sold the show's library to CBS for a reported a $95 million to $100 million in exchange for more than 5,200 hours of programming.