Judge Judy is ready to hang up her robe.
Judy Sheindlin, perhaps America’s most beloved member of the judiciary, announced that her popular daytime show will be ending its run after the 25th season which will air in 2020-2021. “Well, I’ve had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS, and it’s been successful,” she told Ellen DeGeneres. “Next year will be our 25th season, silver anniversary, and CBS, I think, sort of felt they wanted to optimally utilize the repeats of my program because now they have 25 years of reruns. So what they decided to do was to sell a couple of years’ worth of reruns.”
Seriously, Judge Judy has been part of the American cultural landscape for so long, it’s hard to imagine TV without it—but reruns will ensure it lives on forever. Oh, and the fact that Sheindlin will be launching a new show called Judy Justice. “The following couple of years you should be able to catch all the reruns that CBS has sold to the stations that are currently carrying Judy, and Judy Justice will be going elsewhere,” she said. “Isn’t that fun?” She said she can’t yet reveal where we’ll be able to see Judy Justice. Maybe it’s going to a streaming platform like Netflix?
At least we know there will be plenty of fodder for memes for years to come. It’s hard to spend more than five minutes on social media without a scolding Judge Judy GIF or image popping up in our feed.
Watch the Ellen clip, below:
Of course, people put them all to good use while reacting to this news. “Nothing says I’m growing up like Judge Judy announcing her show is ending. This show and her impact is GENERATIONAL,” one person tweeted. Another wrote, “Seeing #JudgeJudy trending and realizing she’s still alive.”