Say arrivederci to Judge Joe Brown. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 15-year-old syndicated court show has been cancelled.
Despite it being the second highest-rated court show in syndication; CBS Television Distribution axed the series after contract negotiations over Brown's salary reached an impasse. The trade paper alleges Brown was making $20 million a year. CBS Television Distribution was trying to cut his salary, since the show had been declining in ratings.
In a released statement, CBS TD said,
We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years, as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show.
There has been no word on Judge Joe Brown's last airdate.