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After 25 seasons, "Judge Judy" is officially coming to an end, but host Judy Sheindlin - television's top-paid personality - already has something new in the works.
The popular courtroom reality TV show host made the big announcement in an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Monday and, like the seasoned professional that she is, teased the next big thing.
"I've had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS [Television Distribution, which distributes the show], and it's been successful,"
Sheindlin told DeGeneres, in comments reported by The Hollywood Reporter
CBS, Sheindlin explained, felt that it was time to end the show after more than two decades and to instead focus on "optimally utililiz[ing]"
"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 Sheindlin. "Because now they have 25 years of reruns. So what they decided to do was to sell a couple of years' worth of reruns."
As for herself, Judge Judy said she's "not tired," and, in fact, she's already working on a new show "Judy Justice," that will come out a year after this final season of her sunsetting show.
But on which network that show will air Sheindlin wouldn't say. Asked about it by DeGeneres, Sheindlin said, "I can't tell you yet."
In its report on the announcement, THR notes that Sheindlin is "the highest-paid personality on TV, earning $47 million a year,"
since signing her current deal back in 2015. In 2017, she worked out another blockbuster deal, where CBS bought the complete library of her show for nearly $100 million.
Sheindlin has been in the news as of late for more than just her beloved long-running show after weighing in on the 2020 presidential election, officially endorsing a candidate for the first time in her career back in October. The famous TV personality announced her endorsement of Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg in an op-ed for USA Today
"I was invited to speak at the Cambridge Union in England earlier this month, and it was an honor to meet with so many intelligent, socially involved people,"
she wrote. "During the Q&A that followed my remarks, the moderator asked my opinion about the 2020 presidential election, and I didn't mince words. I said our American family has been fractured in recent years. We're hopelessly divided, and a bitterly divided family cannot thrive."
"The only way we can begin to come together again, I said, is if Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, becomes our next president,"
she continued. "I realize I am taking a personal and a career risk in making such a statement. I have carefully stayed away from politics for 50 years, except to vote. But times have changed in our country, and I believe the moment has come for me to step out from behind the curtain. I want to speak honestly and from the heart - regardless of the consequences."
Since penning the op-ed, she has continued to push for a Bloomberg presidency, including during an appearance
on "The View" in January.