Real-life court Judge Judy says her salary is not too high
The 75-year-old prosecution lawyer said she deserves every penny.
As reported by Daily Mail, Judge Judy Sheindlin is earning $47 million per year for her hit Arbitration-based court show series, Judge Judy, which premiered on September 16, 1996.
The show is produced by Big Ticket Entertainment and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
Rebel Entertainment Partners, a talent agency, questioned Judge Judy's salary. In a 2016 lawsuit, they claimed to have been denied profits by CBS.
Rebel Entertainment Partners represented three of its original producers in 1995. Because of that, it's entitled to a 5 percent share of net profits. CBS, however, claimed Judy's salary as an expense.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell sided with CBS and Judy after the inner-workings of the television personality's salary were revealed.
In a statement, Judge Judy, a former Manhattan family court judge, explained that she goes to bosses with a 'list' of demands for them to meet every three years.
She said that it is not extensive, is never negotiable and has always been met without complaint.
"Her present salary was the result of arms-length negotiation and Judge Sheindlin's final 'take-it-or-leave-it' offer," said Judge O'Donnell in her decision against Rebel Entertainment Partners.
The judge added that there's no evidence that the salary was "negotiated in bad faith" and that without Judge Judy "the show could not continue."
Judge Judy owns several homes, including two homes in Naples, Florida, one in Beverly Hills, one in Connecticut and one in the Upper East Side.
She flies to Los Angeles from the East Coast regularly to film her hit show on her own private jet, according to Daily Mail.
Judge Judy is the longest-serving judge in courtroom-themed programming history, which earned her a Guinness World Records. Her hit series has also earned her the honorific of "Court Show Queen."