"Judge Joe Brown" is ending. The syndicated courtroom series which began Season 15 in September 2012 has been canceled, reportedly amid contract negotiations.
"'Judge Joe Brown' will not be returning for another season," CBS Television Distribution said in a statement (via TV Guide). "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."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Judge Joe Brown" ending is a result of contract negotiations breaking down over the judge's salary. Reportedly, CBS Television Distribution was looking to trim his salary since ratings have dipped.
In an interview with Broadcasting and Cable, Brown said CBS Television Distribution was difficult to deal with and wasn't backing the show with promotion. "It was time to move out on my own since I had some ideas that I had been having to pull teeth with no novocaine to get adopted," Brown said.
Brown could return to TV after "Judge Joe Brown" ends. Broadcasting and Cable reports the judge has been meeting with other TV distributors. Click over here for more.
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