Judge Judy Sheindlin said CBS made a mistake when they chose to syndicate Drew Barrymore’s new talk show over her new court show, and their very public break-up is going to be as messy as “a Bill and Melinda Gates divorce.”
The $440 million dollar star, whose long-running courtroom series “Judge Judy” has been the number one syndicated show for its entire twenty-five year television run, said that CBS executives made a huge mistake when they bounced her latest series “Hot Bench” to a secondary network.
“You disrespected my creation, you were wrong,” Sheindlin said about CBS in an interview. “Not only in disrespecting my creation but your gamble in what you put in its place.”
“Hot Bench”, which features a three-judge panel that hears cases and delivers Judy-like witty retorts, reached an average of nearly three million viewers during its last season, while “The Drew Barrymore Show” has yet to break a million.
Though Sheindlin has been no less than judgemental about CBS, they have nothing but kind words to say about her. “We have had an incredibly successful relationship with Judy over the last 25 years,” CBS Media Ventures President Steve LoCascio commented. “It has been an honor representing her show, and just like there has never been another Oprah, there will never be another Judge Judy.”
But Sheindlin is over the network, remarking that she “had a nice marriage” to CBS, but their break-up is “going to be a Bill and Melinda Gates divorce.” She’s already moved on to her next suitor and they have deep pockets, her shows are set to begin streaming on Amazon’s platforms.