“She didn’t ask me” to be on the new show
Petri Hawkins Byrd would have loved to act as bailiff on Judy Sheindlin new show, Judy Justice. But he says she never asked.
In an exclusive interview with Weekly entertainment, the long-standing bailiff Judge Judy said he had been excluded from discussions regarding Sheindlin’s new show on IMDB TV, which will debut on November 1. Judge Judy fans, Byrd found out Sheindlin was going to do a new courtroom program when she announced it during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in March 2020. But he never spoke with his boss about the new show as they wrapped up the 25th and final season of Judge Judy; Due to the pandemic, Sheindlin recorded remotely in New York City while Byrd worked in LA with the rest of the team.
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“I guess if you had to do anything else you were going to at least ask me if I wanted to have the opportunity to audition for the role,” Byrd told EW.
After production ended in April this year, Byrd focused on his wife, Makita Bond-Byrd, for a long time. Judge Judy producer who was due to have brain surgery. “I didn’t have time to think or ask questions about Judy Justice“says Byrd, whose wife has just completed her third round of chemotherapy. (Doctors have successfully removed 95% of her tumor.) Or am I included in the Judy Justice project?'”
“She informed me that I was not asked to participate in the project,” continued Byrd, who had been Sheindlin’s bailiff ever since. Judge Judy‘s premiere in 1996. “I didn’t ask why, it was her choice. But she informed me that basically I was considered the new bailiff for her new show. My salary would have been too much. She was curious, how would she know? She didn’t ask me. She didn’t give me the opportunity to accept a lower salary.
Fans learned that Bryd was replaced when IMDB recently released a trailer for Judy Justice. His new bailiff is Kevin Rasco, who Byrd says provided personal safety for Sheindlin during his stay. Judge Judy.
Sheindlin, through a spokesperson, released this statement on Friday: “Byrd is great and we’ve had a great 25-year run. It’s a brand new program with a whole new cast and exciting energy. . “
Thinking back to her conversation with Sheindlin in July, Byrd thinks she assumed he called because they hadn’t had a farewell after 25 years. Judge Judy. (Ironically, he says his wife was invited to participate in Judy Justice, but his health issues made it impossible.) “The call with Judy ended quite nicely,” he says. “I don’t think she understood how confused and dismayed I was after being there for 25 years, since starting her career, and not having at least had a chance to say if I wanted to or not. continue this relationship. “
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Byrd is particularly touched by the reaction from fans, who have expressed shock at his absence in the Judy Justice trailer. He is now looking for new opportunities, like the guest seat he just got Love glory and beauty. He also does dubbing. “I’m like I’m doing something wrong or offending you or shaming the show, or if I’ve been involved in a lot of scandals over the 25 years we’ve been together, I could understand why you didn’t want to. worry at the end, “Byrd said. “That’s how it happened. I just know that God has something else for me.”