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Judge Judy: New Deal Extends TV Contract for 2 More Years

By    |   Tuesday, 09 April 2013 09:41 AM

This court will stand relieved. Judge Judy has renewed her television contract through 2017, according to an announcement from CBS Television Distribution.

The prior contract with Judy Sheindlin, her full name, was set to end in 2015.

The two-year extension would give Sheindlin 21 years on the air, which she reportedly compared to a winning hand in blackjack after the announcement was made.

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Having agreed to the contract, the fiery daytime television judge, who turned 70 last year, gave no indication that she had any plans to retire even in 2017.

Sheindlin’s current annual salary is reportedly $45 million. There was no mention from CBS about a pay increase to accompany the new contract.

Prior to becoming one of TV’s most watched syndicated courtroom judges, Sheindlin was a former New York state judge.

The show debuted in September 1996 and has consistently enjoyed high ratings, at one point beating out Oprah Winfrey in 2010 to claim top spot for daytime TV.

The show is presently in third place among most watched syndicated programs, with 6.6 million viewers, behind “Wheel of Fortune” and “The Big Bang Theory,” according to TVbythenumbers.com.

In addition to her TV success, Sheindlin made headlines earlier this year when she was sued by a producer’s ex-wife in connection with her purchase of fine china allegedly at a fraction of its actual value.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, states that following his split from wife Patric Jones, producer Randy Douthit sold Sheindlin Christofle tableware worth upward of $500,000, for just $50,000.

The suit further claims that Sheindlin and Douthit had fraudulently schemed to prevent Jones from obtaining the dishes in the divorce and that Douthit sold the dishes without Jones' consent.

According to divorce documents obtained by TMZ, however, the items in question were purchased in 2003 for approximately $100,000. The divorce judge valued the items in 2012 at $125,000 and plans to order Douthit to pay Jones half — $62,500, in which case, Judge Judy wouldn't owe Jones a cent.

In typical Judge Judy fashion, Sheindlin responded to the suit by saying, "I have not seen any complaint by the former Mrs. Douthit, however, I don't owe this lady a cent.”

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