After the conclusion of the longtime hit “Judge Judy,” one notable person won’t be joining the esteemed judge for her new show – and fans are rightfully miffed. Since 1996, Bailiff Petri Hawks Byrd has been Judith Scheindlin’s right-hand man. As a staple of the hit, he’s become a bit of a fan favorite. But in a recent interview, Byrd revealed he wasn’t even asked to come on board for the new show “Judy Justice.”
The IMDB TV show premiere is on November 1. Byrd will not be a part of it. Though he would have loved to, he said.
“My assumption is if you were going on to do something else, that you were at least going to ask me if I wanted to have the opportunity to audition for the role,” Byrd said to Entertainment Weekly.
Further, the bailiff said he wasn’t even aware that Sheindlin was working towards anything new after 25 seasons of “Judge Judy.” Byrd said he only learned of the project after she revealed it in March 2020 during an interview.
“It wasn’t until July that I called the judge and asked, ‘Hey, should I look for something else or am I included in the Judy Justice project?” Byrd said.
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“She informed me I was not being asked to come along on the project. 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.”
While it appears the bailiff is just as confused as fans are, a spokesperson for Sheindlin released a statement about the new project.
“Byrd is terrific and we had a great 25 year run. This is a whole new program with a whole new cast and an exciting energy,” the statement said.
Understandably, Byrd hopes he didn’t do anything that would offend or cause a riff between him and the longtime judge. He said he hopes that they would have been able to speak plainly if that were the case.
“The call with Judy ended pleasantly enough,” Byrd said. “I don’t think she understood how confused and dismayed I was after being there for 25 years, from the beginning of her career, and not being at least given the opportunity to say whether or not I wanted to continue that relationship.”
However upsetting it is that Sheindlin apparently slighted Byrd with the move, he’s not worried.
“That’s just the way it went. I just know that God has something else for me,” Byrd said.