Petri Hawkins Byrd said that he has no hard feelings against Judge Judy for not including him in her new IMDb TV streaming show. He is disappointed that he wasn’t asked if he wanted to join the new show.
The TV bailiff, who had worked with the famous judge for 25 years since the show premiered back in 1996, learned about her new show like everyone else. According to him, he was “priced out,” of the new show and never told that he wouldn’t be continuing.
“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,” Hawkins-Byrd, 63, said.
Judge Judy recently announced that she’ll be starting a new TV show called Judy Justice on IMDb TV. After 25 years with CBS, the 78-year-old TV star is excited for this new change.
“25 sounds right. Not right is 17 ¹/₂ years. Right is to say ‘my silver anniversary.’ Time for change. And I’m not tired. I’ve worked 50ish years and my legs are too short to be a ballet dancer. I wouldn’t know what else to do with myself. Also the industry is changing. My children have no landline. They live with a thing in their palm. In the beginning, that to me was like living without pants. In three to five years all broadcasting will change. Now it’s streaming. I’m excited to be in this new venture. I’ve retired the lace collar. My robe is more chic. A different color,” said Judge Judy.
According to Judge Judy, she told her former bailiff that he was “priced out” of the new show because his salary was too high. She said that her new show will have a new cast, including her granddaughter, who will be acting as her law clerk.
According to Judy Justice, the new bailiff will be Kevin Rasco, who provided personal security for Judge Judy during her 25 years with CBS.
“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,” Byrd said. “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,” said Byrd after he asked his former boss about her new show.
He said that he is upset and dismayed that he will not be continuing with the show, but believes that God has another path for him.
When Judy Justice was announced, Petri Hawkins Byrd didn’t have time to worry about the future of his job. He was too busy caring for his ill wife, Judge Judy producer Makita Bond-Byrd, who was going through chemotherapy.
Byrd had been looking after his wife since the show wrapped up production on Season 25 earlier this year. Makita Bond-Byrd recently went through surgery so doctors could remove a brain tumor. They were able to remove 95% of the tumor.
Byrd’s wife was asked to come back for the new Judy Justice show, but she declined the offer so she could spend more time focusing on her health.
Byrd said that he is ready to move on to new things. He recently had a guest spot on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Judy Justice will premiere on November 1 and new episodes will come out every week on IMDb TV.