“I guess if you had to do something else you were at least going to ask me if I wanted to have the opportunity to audition for the role,” Byrd told the publication.
“Judge Judy” is one of the most popular syndicated shows of all time and recently ended after 25 seasons.
According to Byrd, after production ended in April of the final season of “Judge Judy,” he turned his attention to planned brain surgery for his wife Makita Bond-Byrd, who was a longtime producer of the series.
He said he then asked Sheindlin about his new show and was told he would not be on it.
“I didn’t ask why, it’s her choice. But she informed me that basically, I was considered the new bailiff for her new show,” Byrd said. “My salary would have been too high. I was curious: how would she know that? She didn’t ask me. She didn’t give me the opportunity to accept a lower salary.”
In a statement to EW provided by his spokesperson, Sheindlin said, “Byrd is great and we’ve had a great 25 year run. It’s a whole new program with a whole new cast and exciting energy.”
Byrd said his conversation with Sheindlin “had ended pleasantly enough” and he said he “didn’t think she understood how confused and dismayed I was after being there for 25 years, since early in his career, and not at least not having had the opportunity to say whether or not I wanted to continue this relationship. “
He said he is now focusing on his acting and voiceover work.
“That’s how it went,” Byrd said of Sheindlin’s split. “I just know that God has something else for me.”
Kevin Rasco will serve as bailiff on “Judy Justice”. Byrd said Rasco provided personal safety for Sheindlin while she was in “Judge Judy”.