Judge Judy is 68 years young and has been on the air since 1996. When she was approached about doing the show, she had a lot to consider. She worked long and hard to be appointed a judge and she was taking a huge risk giving that up for television, which is not a secure job. However, she decided to take a chance after discussing it with her husband. I’m sure she is very happy with her decision, as she is now earning 45 million per year for her program.
I watched a live, online interview between Judge Judy and Marlo Thomas yesterday. Some very interesting facts came out from answers to viewer questions. For example, Judge Judy explained that if there is a transfer of property, from one person to another, such as title to a car or items from a house, that has to be executed according to her ruling. If she dismisses a case, then they cannot pursue it in another court. However, if money is involved in the settlement, then the network pays the winner of the lawsuit what is owed them. So, it now makes sense why people would risk being made total fools of in front of 10 million people, because even if they lose they do not have to pay.
What I love most about Judge Judy is her down to earth, no nonsense attitude about everything. She calls it exactly as she sees it and her intuition is flawless. When she was asked yesterday, what is the one thing she wants viewers to take away from her show or learn, she answered in a heartbeat, “responsibility.” That’s what it’s all about really. Accepting responsibility for your words and actions. Judge Judy is brilliant, insightful, funny, ethical, loud, and just an utter delight to watch. In some ways she reminds me a lot of my mother, who was also smart, loud, and harshly critical to the point of making you laugh. Judge Judy says what we are thinking or wish we could say if we were there. I wish I could be her understudy!
Judge Judy has a long list of quotes, and when you hear one you cannot help but think of her. Some of my favorites are: “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining,” “does it look like I have stupid tattooed on my forehead?,” “on my worst day I’m smarter than you on your best day,” “if it doesn’t make sense, it’s not true,” “ummmm is not an answer!,” “beauty fades, dumb is forever” and the list goes on and on.
I love Judge Judy…”and I’m not just making it up as I go along!”
Bonus for fans! Here is her soundboard where you can play around and hear her quotes all day!