Byrd may be best remembered as the “Judge Judy” bailiff. He was with the show until it finished in 2021. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Byrd said that he didn’t know that Sheindlin had moved onto another TV project until it was already declared ..
“I assumed that if you were moving on to another project, you would at least ask me whether I want to be able to audition for it.” Byrd elaborated . Sheinlind stated to Fox News that Byrd will not be acting as bailiff for her show.
Petri Hawkins–Byrd spoke out about being omitted from ‘Judy Justice.
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“Byrd is terrific and we had a great 25 year run. The statement said that this was a new show with an all new cast and exciting energy.
Unfortunately, the famous bailiff was not able to devote too much of his attention to not being asked to join “Judy Justice.” He spent his free time caring for Makita BondByrd, his wife after filming finished on “Judge Judy.” After working as a producer for “Judge Judy”, she was invited to join “Judy Justice” but her health issues prevented that.
The outlet reports that she had just completed her third round of chemotherapy and was about to undergo brain surgery, where doctors successfully removed 95 percent of a tumor. After the worst of his family strife was behind him, Byrd says he gave his former boss a call to ask her if he should plan to be involved with her new show after working with her since 1996.
“She informed me I was not being asked to come along on the project,” Byrd explained. I didn’t ask why she chose that. She did tell me, however, that I had been priced out fundamentally as her bailiff for the new show. It would have been far too high. It was fascinating to me: What would she have known? She didn’t ask me. I was not offered a reduced salary. “
Petri Hawkins, bailiff for ‘Judge Judy’ was not invited to the Judith Sheindlinnew program.
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“The call with Judy ended pleasantly enough,” he added. “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. “
Fortunately, Byrd is taking the situation in stride. Byrd has been able turn his status as Sheindlin’s ex-bailiff into guest spots on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and voiceover work. The outlet’s interview concluded with him stating that the circumstances are all part of his destiny.
“God has something else for me,” he concluded.