"I thought it was fun," Judge Judy tells ET. "And how many times can you have different kinds of fun at my age?"
The judge admits that she was intrigued by the opportunity of collaborating on a decision for the first time.
"I've always been Queen of the May. I sat by myself, made a decision, and if you didn't like it that was too bad," she says. "I said, 'What better way to inspire people to tune in and see a new Hot Bench than if I made my first appearance sitting on that three-judge bench?' And it's the first time I ever sat with colleagues and made a decision."
The 74-year-old TV personality will be joined by her husband, Jerry Sheindlin, who is also a retired judge. After 39 years of marriage, Jerry is still capable of impressing his wife.
"He hasn't judged in quite a long time and what happens is, if you've been a judge for a long time, you put on your robe and all of a sudden a different mindset sets in," Judge Judy explains. "He still looks great. He's as sharp as ever."