Judge Judy is speaking about her 25 years of her hit daytime reality television show, anti-maskers, and her marriage.
The former prosecution lawyer and Manhattan family court judge, whose name is Judy Sheindlin, is well known for her no-nonsense television personality that captivated American audiences back in 1996.
The show went on to make syndicated TV history as the number one show in its genre for eleven consecutive seasons, according to the New York Post.
Sheindlin, 78, told the Post, “Very few shows have made it this far — not only made it, but made it and stayed on top. I’m saying this to you without ego: I never wanted to ride this show down, to be on top and [then] people sort of get tired of you … and [to] lose that feeling of being terrific and on top of your game.
“So 25 years was a great time to go.”
Judge Judy, however, has no plans to retire. As the show comes to an end this spring, Sheindlin will transition to Amazon’s digital platform to create the first-ever streaming court show.
Sheindlin will also continue to appear in “Hot Bench,” a three-judge show she created that is now in its seventh season.
Sheindlin also spoke to the outlet about her frustrations with anti-maskers.
While at a hair salon, the former judge encountered a man who walked in without a mask on.
“I walked up to him and he looked at me and smiled,” Sheindlin said. “I was wearing my mask with my smock on and my hair was dripping wet. I said to him, ‘Do you like ‘Judge Judy’? He said, ‘Oh yes,’ and I said, ‘Not after today,’ and I proceeded to lace into him about respecting other people and how other people are minding you by wearing a mask. I said to him, ‘You must be some kind of narcissist or there’s something that I don’t see that makes you unique and special.’”
In her remarks to the Post, Sheindlin also opened up about her marriage to Jerry Sheindlin, a former New York Supreme Court trial judge who would go on to replace Ed Koch on "The People's Court" between 1999 and 2001.
The marriage is a second for both. They have been married 43 years.
“I think that people who enjoy life and leave the greatest legacies are people who understand … you need other things,” Sheindlin said of her marriage. “Even uber-celebrities … Sophia Loren’s two greatest joys were her husband of 40 years [Carlo Ponti] and her two sons. She’s iconic but I could see her making a bed and tidying up a bathroom.”
“If you have a life other than being a celebrity, you don’t dwell on it. But if that’s the only thing that’s important to you — and you lose it — then you’ve lost your life,” she added.