Adios Judge Judy: Part 1 of 2

Executive Summary:

  • After 25 Years, Judge Judy’s run is over, ……. for now
  • Judge Judy:  The Cases are Real, The People are Real, The Rulings are Final.  

Sarkes is well know for his knowledge of Journalism, Engineering, Statistics and The Law.  Sarkes could pass the Bar in every State of the Union based on having watched 1st run and Re runs of Judge Judy for over 2 decades.  Sarkes says that you can take your Dancing With The Stars, America’s Got Talent, The Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo, Love After Lockup, etc, but Sarkes uses his TV Budget watching Judge Judy.  

Judge Judy first slammed her TV gravel in 1996, and for 25  years, has been dishing out Justice along with Tough Love.  The last new, original, episode of Judge Judy was filmed in April 2021 and will air sometime in July.  

Judge Judy:  The Cases are Real, The People are Real, The Rulings are Final.

Judge Judy will not be out of work long.  In July, Judge Judy’s new program, with Amazon Studios, will stream on Amazon’s IMDb TV.  The new Judge Judy show has not been named.  Judge Judy is quiet about the details of her new show, and has even hinted that she may ditch her classic Black Robe.

Sarkes looks forward following Judge Judy in her new jurisdiction, but hopes she keeps her Classic Robe  

Judge Judy was a colorful Family Court Judge in New York City when CBS did a profile pieces on her for “60 Minutes” in 1993.  The popularity of that 60 Minutes show led to the creation of Judge Judy in 1996; The Cases are Real, The People are Real, The Rulings are Final.

Judge Judy is also an Award Winning author.  Her first book was; “Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining” in 1996. In total, Judge Judy has written 6 best selling books.

Judge Judy’s career as a best selling author started with this all time classic

Reminiscing about the Judge Judy Pilot show, Judge Judy said:  “I remember that somebody was trying to fit me into a cookie-cutter mold. The cases they brought me to do the Pilot were not genuine, and I don’t react to things that aren’t genuine.  When I’m trying to figure out the truth of a case, and there is no truth, I can’t work.”

Judge Judy is a Truth Machine

Judge Judy says that she is the same in real life as she is on her show.  “Like when a mechanic, or somebody, tries to show me something that I don’t need, or someone trying to give me misinformation, or obfuscate the truth because that’s the way they do business….and, it’s usually the business where women aren’t supposed to have any expertise at all.  I can go ballistic.”

Judge Judy, what you see on TV is what you get off camera

Judge Judy believes that most people find comfort in the good guys coming out on top in a judicial dispute.  “I think that my message has been the same for 25 years, in this Court, and my 25 years in Family Court:  You have to take personal responsibility for what you do, and what you make of yourself, and the choices you make.”

With Judge Judy, if you do the Crime you do the Time

It is well known that Sarkes Connects Dots when most do not even see Dots.  Here and now, Sarkes reveals the REAL reason why Oprah Winfrey retired from daytime TV.   The Oprah Winfrey Show ran for 25 years, from 1986 thru 2011.  During this time, not only was the Oprah Winfrey Show rated the #1 Daytime TV show, but Oprah herself was the Highest paid Daytime TV star. 

Oprah Winfrey was the long time Queen of Daytime TV

Oprah is no fool.  She noticed that Judge Judy’s show was exponentially growing in popularity, and extrapolated that the Judge Judy show would pass The Oprah Winfrey Show in the rating in 2012.  Wanting to go out on top, Oprah Winfrey retired in 2011 and started her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).  Oprah was right, had she stayed in business is 2012, Judge Judy would have passed her in the Ratings.  

Oprah went out on top, like a true Champion

Away from Court, Judge Judy loves the lifestyle of the Rich and Famous.  Judge Judy has six properties worth a total of $65 million, including two places in Naples, Florida (which combined are worth $20 million); one $14 million manor in Greenwich, Connecticut;  a $10 mansion in Newport, RI, a $9 million New York City duplex; a $12 million condo in Beverly Hills. 

Judge Judy loves her Cribs

Judge Judy also has her own personal airplane.

Judge Judy fly’s in luxury in a Cessna 750 Citation X 

And what is Judge Judy’s favorite breakfast?  Judge Judy says; “I still think an Egg McMuffin is the best breakfast.” 

Judge Judy could have Eggs Benedict, but chooses Egg McMuffins

Judge Judy could not have a disciplined Court Room with out the help of the no-nonsense, strong presence of Bailiff Officer Petri Hawkins-Byrd, better known as just “Byrd”.  Officer Byrd often must explain new technology to Judge Judy like; Texting, FaceBook, Tweeter, etc.  Most importantly, Officer Byrd keeps Judge Judy safe from the Dregs of Humanity that are often beaten to submission by Judge Judy.

Litigants do not mess with Officer Byrd
Officer Byrd reviews the Evidence before presenting to Judge Judy

The past few seasons, Judge Judy sported a Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg look.  Not only does Judge Judy resemble Judge Ginsburg, both have storied and impeccable Jurisprudence.  

Judge Judy and Judge Ginsberg, two Peas in a Pod

At the end of her 25 year run, Judge Judy was making 47 Million, that is MILLION dollars per year.  Her Net Worth is over 500 Million.  But money is not everything to Judge Judy.  Recognition from her Peers is most important to Judge Judy.

Judge Judy is an Emmy Award Winner
Judge Judy has been immortalized on Hollywoods Walk of Fame

What more can Sarkes say about Judge Judy except recognizing the Uuuuuge impact that she has made on Sarkes.  Had there been no Judge Judy, there may not have been a Sarkes Corner.

In the next edition of Sarkes Corner, Adios Judge Judy: Part 2 of 2, Sarkes will document some of Judy Judy’s most notable quotes.