Now that the final episode of Judge Judy on CBS has aired, Judy Sheindlin is speaking out about what made her leave after about 12,750 episodes, and it partly has to do with Drew Barrymore.
Via the Wall Street Journal:
Her exit was also tinged by something she perceived as a slight. Last fall, when CBS introduced a syndicated talk show hosted by Drew Barrymore, some CBS stations in major markets made room for it by moving the court show “Hot Bench” to their secondary channels. Ms. Sheindlin is the creator of “Hot Bench,” which features a panel of three judges and launched in 2014. This season so far, “Hot Bench” has averaged 2.3 million viewers, compared with 719,000 for “The Drew Barrymore Show.”
“You disrespected my creation,” Ms. Sheindlin says of the handling of “Hot Bench” by CBS. “And you were wrong. Not only in disrespecting my creation, but your gamble in what you put in its place.”
“We had a nice marriage,” she adds with a laugh. “It’s going to be a Bill and Melinda Gates divorce.”
Imagine being the executives who drove Judy Judy from CBS! That must not look good on a performance review. They have a couple more taped originals, then they plan to exploit reruns.
As for Judge Judy, she will be back and better than ever on streaming!
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