Judge Judy returns to TV next month, but one of the most familiar faces from her courtroom won’t be joining her. Bailiff Petri Hawkins-Byrd isn’t on the cast of Judy Justice, though other shows are trying to land him.
TMZ reported that Hawkins-Byrd is open to taking on new roles in television, but he isn’t seeking opportunities. But producers have reached out, his representatives said, and Byrd believes God has a plan for him. He recently appeared on an episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.
Judge Judy will join the streaming service IMDbTV with her new show Judy Justice next month. Kevin Rasco will replace Petri Hawkins-Byrd as her bailiff. Stenographer Whitney Kumar and law clerk Sarah Rose, who is the judge’s granddaughter, will also co-star.
Byrd called his former boss over the summer and she told him he wouldn’t be joining the show. His salary was too high, he told Entertainment Weekly. Though, he said he would have considered taking less money.
“She informed me I was not being asked to come along on the project,” he said. “I didn’t inquire as to why, that’s her choice. But she did inform me that fundamentally, I was priced out as the new bailiff on her new show. My salary would have been too much. I was curious: How would she know? She didn’t ask me. She didn’t give me an opportunity to have accepted a lower salary.”
Byrd began working with Judge Judy in 1985 when she was a family court judge in Manhattan. They’ve worked some 12,500 cases together during their long careers.
Bryd said producers originally picked a different person to stand as her bailiff on the beloved court show. But screen tests showed that Judge Judy had better chemistry with Byrd. The show ran for 25 years.
Judge Judy Promises ‘Different Kind of Court Show’
Judge Judy recently released a trailer for her new IMDbTV show Judy Justice. The new offering has a similar setup to her beloved CBS show, but Sheindlin promises something new.
“Judy Justice is a really exciting venture that allows me to come to streaming while producing a whole different kind of court show,” she says in the trailer. “I’ve been sort of alone for the past 25 years. Now I have a new team. To have them help me create this new show is really giving me a third act or a fourth act.”
She has the same acid tongue in the trailer. But she said she wants to show younger viewers the importance of the law with the new iteration of her show.
“We are upping the game. I am who I am — sometimes PC, sometimes not but consistent,” she added in the trailer. “… Rules are important. I am going to tell that to the next generation.”