On Monday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 77-year-old TV personality announces the news to her fans. Sheindlin shares that the final season, which she calls her “best year yet,” will air in 2021, after which she will begin working on a new series called Judy Justice.
"I've had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS and it's been successful," she says. "Next year will be our 25th season, silver anniversary, and CBS, I think 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. But I'm not tired, so Judy Justice will be coming out a year later."
"Judge Judy, you'll be able to see next year -- a full year, all new shows. With a ponytail!” she also tells DeGeneres. “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 [Judge] Judy, and Judy Justice will be going elsewhere. Isn't that fun?"
Sheindlin does not disclose where her new show will air, but she did release a statement to ET about the end of her show.
"I am looking forward to a banner 25th anniversary season. CBS has been a fine partner for 20 plus years," she says. "They have decided to monetize their Judge Judy library of reruns. I wish them good luck with their experiment."
A CBS Television Distribution spokesperson also told ET on Monday, "We have the greatest respect for Judy Sheindlin and have enjoyed a very successful relationship with her for over two decades. We look forward to making the 25th anniversary a true celebration of one of the most iconic shows in television history."
Judge Judy premiered in 1996 and has won multiple Emmy Awards. In 2019, Sheindlin was recognized at the 2019 Daytime Emmys with the Lifetime Achievement Award.