Judge Judy, 76, Visits “The Ellen Show” and Talks Retirement Plans

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At 76 years of age, Judge Judy Sheindlin has every right to spend her time relaxing, reading and maybe watching a little of The Ellen DeGeneres Show on TV.

But Judge Judy isn’t like other 76-year-olds.

Sheindlin, who is currently in her 23rd season on her much-loved television show “Judge Judy,” headed to ‘Ellen’ to talk about the possibility of retirement in her future. And while she is still signed on until the end of her 25th season, she says retirement is something she thinks about.

But, she doesn’t sound very interested in the idea.

“What would you do every day?” the judge asks. “This job, believe it or not, it’s an anchor because it gives you someplace to go. I work every other week. So that’s my anchor, and it gives me plenty of downtime to get bored, and when I get bored I usually harass people.”

As far as she is concerned, she’d much rather keep moving.

“The people I know who are older and spirited look like they’re having a good time,” she continues. “The people who are older and don’t do anything to keep themselves younger don’t look like they’re getting the best bang for their buck out of life.”

Tricia Despres
Tricia Despres is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering music and entertainment for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Advertising Age and various regional publications. A country music fan at her core, Despres has interviewed country greats such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood through the years and thrives on telling the story behind the story. When she is not alongside her laptop, she is alongside her family - husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda.

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