Judge Joe Brown is saying good to his television courtroom after 15 years.
Brown and the folks at CBS decided to part ways after they could not come to an agreement about his contract. Since they could not see eye-to-eye, the company decided to cancel the series. The run will officially end this September.
“‘Judge Joe Brown’ will not be returning for another season. We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years, as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show,” CBS said in a statement.
CBS Television Distribution reportedly wanted Judge Geoffrey Gaither to take over for Brown. FOX, which licenses Judge Joe Brown in several major markets, didn’t think the deal was a good idea.
Brown said that CBS was “difficult to deal with.” He also stated that he felt the show was being neglected by the company.
The problem reportedly began when CBS wanted to decrease the amount of money it was paying Brown each year. The television judge made around $20 million per year. However, CBS wanted his salary to reflect the decline in ratings.
“It was time to move out on my own since I had some ideas that I had been having to pull teeth with no Novocaine to get adopted,” said of the situation.
Although Judge Joe Brown is parting ways with CBS, there’s a chance he could find a home with another distributor. Brown is reportedly in talks with Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios. The company has yet to comment on the matter.
Before Brown signed on for the television program back in 1998, he was a criminal judge in Shelby County, Tennessee. He was also the first African-American prosecutor in Memphis, Tennessee. He was later discovered by the producers behind Judge Judy.
Are you a fan of Judge Joe Brown? Are you disappointed that the show is being cancelled by CBS?