Judge Judy Sheindlin didn’t take too kindly to US TV network CBS putting her other court show on backburner channels in favour of another daytime talk program.
The Drew Barrymore Show airs on the priority channel ahead of the Sheindlin-produced show Hot Bench,and Sheindlin joked that the network will be kicking themselves after making such a move.
The esteemed judge spoke with the Wall Street Journalabout her historic 25-year run in which her courtroom seriesJudge Judy was the top first-run show in all of syndicated TV.
In 2014, Sheindlin created another courtroom series titled, Hot Bench, which features three judges ruling on cases in a similar manner Sheindlin is known for with brash retorts and witty anecdotes.
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Sheindlin, who is worth $590 million, said Hot Bench had been mishandled by CBS bigwigs, who apparently sent it to their other secondary channels in favour of the newly syndicated Drew Barrymore Show in September.
“You disrespected my creation,” Sheindlin told the publication of the court show that reportedly beat out Barrymore in the ratings with an average of 2.3 million viewers compared to Barrymore’s 719,000 this season.
“You were wrong,” Sheindlin added. “Not only in disrespecting my creation, but your gamble in what you put in its place.”
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It wasn’t all thinly-veiled shots from Sheindlin as the Emmy-winner let out a laugh and quipped that while she and CBS “had a nice marriage,” their public split is “going to be a Bill and Melinda Gates divorce.”
CBS Media Ventures President Steve LoCascio touted Sheindlin in a statement to the newspaper.
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“We have had an incredibly successful relationship with Judy over the last 25 years,” he said. “It has been an honour representing her show, and just like there has never been another Oprah, there will never be another Judge Judy.”
Judge Judy will now take her IP to a new platform, Amazon’s streaming service IMDb TV.
She recently touched on how she was able to negotiate her exorbitant salaries in the past by sliding a sealed envelope which contained her desired number across the table to a CBS executive, movie-style – but quipped that her negotiations with CEO Jeff Bezos weren’t as serious.
“Without giving you specifics, because that’s a little unseemly, my compensation has not been a secret,” Sheindlin – who earned a reported $61 million per season – said.
She added: “It’s been out there for a long time – not by me, but it got out there and had its own life. So, the folks at Amazon understood what the parameters were. There was no issue.”
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