Consider “Judge Joe Brown” off the daytime court docket.
The 15-year-old courtshow has been cancelled by syndication company CBS Television Distribution despite being the second highest-rated court show on television, behind only “Judge Judy,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years,” CTD said in a statement to reporters, “as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show.”
The decision was made after negotiations over a new contract broke down, reportedly over Brown’s salary, which supposedly hit the $20 million a year range. However, ratings have dipped in recent seasons and the company was looking to trim his salary.
The court show is now now slated to run in original and repeat episodes on many stations until September.