"Judge Judy" may be content to pound her gavel for four more years, but another popular daytime court judge is sounding off on his own show's recent cancellation.
TV Rage reported on March 26th that CBS Television Distribution had opted to end the fifteen year run of "Judge Joe Brown" amid declining ratings and contract negotiations. Brown spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his own messy legal issues CBS Television, insisting that he would not stay quiet on what he considers shady dealings and "Hollywood trick economics."
When the cancellation was announced, it was reported that CBS was attempting to negotiate Brown's $20 million annual salary, something the tough talking judge disputes, claiming he never received close to that amount for the past seven years. "After I signed my contract with them for three years," says Brown, "the week it was to go into effect they changed the categories and definitions. If you do it the way it was supposed to be done, you get awfully close to $20 million. When you change the categories and definitions, you come out with about $5 million."
Brown continued, stating that despite his show's respectable numbers and syndication fees, CBS executives were claiming that money was tight and that cast and crew would have to sacrifice. "I looked at them and said, 'You’ve got to be kidding. You’re telling me you’re broke, and you want me to take an IOU for what you owe me already. I think you guys have lost it,'" Brown stated.
Don't expect Brown to disappear into obscurity however. During the interview he stated his intent to produce and launch both a new court show and talk show that he will host, slated to begin as early as fall 2014.