Hailed as the queen of daytime television by presenter Amy Poehler, Judge Judy took some fans by surprise as she showed off her new look at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
Judge Judy Scheindlin is most well-known for her boss-like and witty attitude as portrayed on her popular courtroom reality show, "Judge Judy." However, her short haircut has also been a signature trait that identifies her.
Many other attendees may not have noticed when she came in, but upon receiving the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Emmys, viewers and stars alike were surprised to see a change in Scheindlin's hairstyle after 22 years of the same 'do.
The 76-year-old justice already debuted the low ponytail look on an episode of her show in late April. Then and now, fans were shocked to see the change. Most loved it and complimented the host.
Others were simply not sure how to feel about the change. "I. Am. Shook," wrote a fan. "Judge Judy has a new do and I don't know how to feel about it." Still, others simply didn't like it.
It mattered little to the woman who is the world's highest-paid TV host according to Forbes. In her speech, Scheindlin focused on uplifting others by sharing the story of her own beginning as a judge.
She said she was asked on the very first day of law school:
"Young lady, why are you taking the seat of a man who is going to use his law degree to make a living?"
Of course, we see where she is now. "So the moral of that story is, you challenge a kid from Brooklyn at your own peril," she ended the piece.
Speaking more generally, she stated:
"Life has a beginning, a middle and an end. Most of us don't remember the beginning. I'm having an absolute blast in the middle, and if my luck holds, I won't be around for the end."
Fans also reacted to the speech with praise for their favorite judge. Fortunately, things are not coming to an end anytime soon for their favorite show.
Scheindlin sat down with Ellen DeGeneres back in November 2018 and revealed that she not only still had two years on her contract with CBS, but that she had no plans of retiring anytime soon.
"The people I know who are older and spirited look like they’re having a good time. The people who are older and don’t do anything to keep themselves younger don’t look like they’re getting the best bang for their buck out of life."
According to Scheindlin, doing what she loves keeps her feeling young. Plus, she works only three days a week every other week and earns $147 million a year. At this rate, maybe later down the line, she'll get another lifetime achievement award.