Monday, October 11, 2021

Judge Judy Bailiff Blindsided by Pink Slip


This year Judge Judy Sheindlin ended her longtime court TV show on CBS after contract negotiaions stalled for a new show called Judy Justice on IMDB TV. 

Apparently Judge Judy didn't asked her longtime bailiff, Petri Hawkins Byrd, to come with... 

"My assumption is if you were going on to do something else, that you were at least going to ask me if I wanted to have the opportunity to audition for the role," Byrd tells EW.
After production wrapped in April of this year, Byrd turned his focus to his wife, Makita Bond-Byrd, a longtime Judge Judy producer who was scheduled for brain surgery. "I didn't have time to think about or ask about Judy Justice," says Byrd, whose wife just completed her third round of chemotherapy. (Doctors successfully removed 95 percent of her tumor.) "It wasn't until July that I called the judge and asked, 'Hey, should I look for something else or am I included in the Judy Justice project?'"
"She informed me I was not being asked to come along on the project," continued Byrd, who had served as Sheindlin's bailiff since Judge Judy's premiere in 1996. "I didn't inquire as to why, that's her choice. But she did inform me that fundamentally, I was priced out as the new bailiff on her new show. My salary would have been too much. I was curious: How would she know? She didn't ask me. She didn't give me an opportunity to have accepted a lower salary."

16 comments:

Unknown said...

Since 1996? Ain't that like 25 years? Hopefully, for his loyalty, he'll get a nice severance package and full medical to help with the wife's medical bills. Some folks are only as loyal as their need for you ..

Anonymous said...

^ Unknown what's wrong with his wife?

Maybe he wanted to retire.

Lynny said...

He also seemed to be uninterested and played word jumbles and crosswords the whole time!!

The King Of The Real said...

He could of said something during the time before this and yeah. He effed up. Now trying to play the sympathy game. You keep your meal ticket informed.

Anonymous said...

Not only did that ninja act slow as a bailiff, but he's delayed in his real life.

SmokeAndMirrors said...

Probably in her new show contract the show can not look to similar to “‘Judge Judy” if he were to come along the old production company could say this is the same show and demand compensation. Her old producer tried to sue Judy once saying her salary was too big and eating into his royalty profits and lost. He’s not above trying it again.

NiyabinghiObeahWomanWarrior said...

Judge Judy greedy ass need to retire her damn self. Bish is like 400 yr old still doing show. And who's going to be watching that mess anyway, that book she put out years ago was wack as shit, and got dragged, for saying basic shit, even the most uneducated fools knows.

Anonymous said...

All great answers--this is definitely not a race issue. I never really liked him as a bailiff on her show. He was never alert and always looked like he checked out 15 years ago. Hell if anything broke out in the courtroom he'll probably hand over his gun and walk the fuck out.

An opportunity walked right out of his hand, and I agree that perhaps the producers for the new show didn't want it to resemble the one that we are used to. He seems to be a great husband being there for his wife (who was also a producer for the show!!), but he should have been more assertive and not just think that the role was guaranteed. Can't fumble the bag making these kinds of errors, esp. nowadays.

Anonymous said...

I think he should STFU & be thankful he had a nice run and can now retire & care for his wife...He knows how shit works with new shows...you can't take it personal when they gave you a piece of the JJ budget for 25yrs....Never know what other opportunities may arrive....can't walk back on a burned bridge

Anonymous said...

Bailiff Byrd talks too much and I knew Judge Judy was waiting for the moment his contract was up to get rid of him. I saw him on a talk show on the Hallmark channel just running his mouth about her personal issues and I knew then, his time was up.

Rudeashell said...

This was sneak and underhand. She didn’t even give dude a chance to adequately prepare himself or his family. She can shove that gavel where the sun doesn’t shine if you asking me

ms mac said...

For 25+ years he was paid very handsomely to do little more than swear in witnesses, pass papers, look up car values in the Kelly Blue Book, play ghetto lingo interpreter, co-sign her corny jokes, be a chuckling Negro sidekick and finish his crossword puzzles. Not to mention his wife's salary meant they had two nice paychecks coming in. How many people have it that good? Boy bye. He can get the hell on with all that. He sounds like a whiny ingrate who was stupid enough to think the grave train wasn't ever going to end. I hope he was smart enough to save some of that money.

Anonymous said...

Most t.v. pilots never get picked up, and when they do, most shows don't last 5 years. He's been paid to be on t.v. for 25 years to do absolutely nothing. He had the greatest job in t.v. history. She did all of the work and he just stood there. He should have thanked her for the blessing. Some say he made over 1 million a year and his wife worked there too. What more does he want? 25 years is awesome. The news reports say he made well over a million a year working only 52 days a year. All he ever did was look grumpy.

Unknown said...

Lol to all

FlyGemini said...

@10:14 I think his wife has brain cancer.
BTW, while googling his wife I discovered they have a YouTube Channel called "Meet the Byrds". I'm going to check it out later.

Anywho, I like Byrd but he needs to sit down. No only has he had the cushiest job on TV for over 20 years, but he was also her REAL bailiff when she was just a regular judge. If he was still a county bailiff, I guarantee he would have retired by now. He has had PLENTY of opportunities to make some moves to avoid this so if he is looking for sympathy he can forget it.

SnookumsLynn said...

so his wife was a producer on her show and asked to work on the new show, but she's sick with the brain cancer
I think it was shitty she wouldn't even tell the man... I mean they worked side by side for 25... and fuck, if I can get a cushy job like that I'm taking it too! and not quitting until I have tooo.... ya'll act like he did some shit you wouldn't do

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