'Judge Judy' is extended through 2020 in a new CBS deal

New deal for Judge Judy extends her reign as one of the highest-paid TV stars

CBS has just made it rain for "Judge Judy."

Judith Sheindlin, the irascible jurist behind the hit syndicated courtroom show, has signed a deal that will keep her on the bench and in front of the camera at least through 2020, CBS Television Distribution announced in a news release Monday.

Famed for such no-nonsense expressions as "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining," the 72-year-old Sheindlin also negotiated a production deal with her company Queen Bee Productions. Queen Bee produces a new court show called "Hot Bench."

The terms were not disclosed, but it's likely that Sheindlin's new contract came with a lot of dollar signs attached.

She was already one of the highest-paid TV stars on the planet, with a $47-million annual salary in 2013 that reportedly worked out to nearly $1 million for each of the 52 shooting days she puts in each year.

She's also among the longest-lasting syndicated stars. "Judge Judy" began airing in 1996. 

Have you watched "Judge Judy" lately?

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