Judge Judy: 4 More Years And $180 Million?

Judge JudyJudge Judy will be presiding on television for two more years.

Judy Sheindlin and CBS Television Distribution said Monday that the feisty former New York state judge has signed on for two more years of "Judge Judy." It's one of the top daytime TV shows, seen by roughly 10 million people each episode.

Her current contract runs through 2015, and the new deal extends her through 2017. That would give her 21 years on the air, which she compared Monday to a winning hand in blackjack. Sheindlin, who is 70, gave no indication that she has plans to retire.

A spokesman had no comment on whether Sheindlin will be getting a raise from her reported $45 million annual salary, which had made her the highest paid person on television. She reportedly works just 52 days a year, NPR reports.

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While much has been written about the staggering salaries of late night hosts, such as Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, day-time hosts actually can bring in much bigger bucks. According to various reports, Judge Joe Brown, for instance, was earning $20 million a year, more than Jon Stewart and only a few million less than late-night king Jay Leno. (Brown later disputed those reports, claiming that he quit the show because CBS "only" paid him $5 million a year.)

In any event, Sheindlin's show has a huge audience, 9 million viewers, versus the 3.5 million that Leno typically gets. As NPR's entertainment blogger Linda Holmes notes, "Late night is a huge thing because we've decided it's a huge thing. We've decided that guys in suits in front of curtains are important and women in lace collars behind benches are not so important, even if the lace collars are bringing in two or three times the eyeballs and making twice the money. ..."

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Lilly

Love you Judge Judy. Please don't ever retire.

March 16 2014 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Sessoms

We have watched her for years and from seeing her today, she has gone to long...I have never seen someone that is proud of their education and accomplishments...Just like athletes can stay to long , so has she...We love you but time to go..

February 23 2014 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wendellyn

Judge Judy, You go girl.

September 25 2013 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Goede

If I had to appear in court to either sue or be sued, I would rather have her as judge rather than a panel of my peers. She is one smart cookie!

April 16 2013 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wlh1923

Who says it doesn't pay to be an obnoxious bully?

April 16 2013 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MICHAEL H

ITS CALLED ENTERTAINMENT. GROW UP PEOPLE!

April 16 2013 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hey hot stuff

This is why we the consumer pays such a high price for cable TV this old gal is not worth 10 % of that just like all the other high priced people on TV, sports stars especially until we quit watching it and them we will keep getting hosed by these companies that offer cable and phone yeah it effects the cost of cell phones too!

April 16 2013 at 7:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kopp64

no, u must be a special kind that overlook things when u read.. It did say 52 days a year..

April 16 2013 at 7:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tmidge66

i cannot for the life of me figure out why this woman is worth all the money. she is drunk with power, arrogant, nasty, i.e. a woman was a plaintif to get money due to her, asked if she worked she said yes i have two jobs and care for my 2 children alone. this wonderful ass of a judge told her to get a third job. this would be the same judge, practicing inBrooklyn who probably sent mothers to jail so fathers can go do whatever they want. she tells plaintifs and defendants how to dress, how to stand, how to speak, shut up, praises her knowledge of the law, maybe, but she never possessed any social graces. why anyone watches her demean the people who come into her "court" can only mean they are desperate to be maligned in public.the money she gets should be used for charm school, God does she need it.

April 16 2013 at 6:57 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Jive Turkey

Agreed, I hate judge judy, can't wait until she dies and one day with my morning coffee I look up to read that she has passed on.

April 16 2013 at 8:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scraggly

She makes over $903,000 each day she works. BARF

August 20 2013 at 11:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DANIEL RONDISH

Hey Bert,smart cookies have nuts in them!!!...,lol!!!...

April 16 2013 at 2:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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