Real cases. Real honor. Judge Judy.
ET has learned that Judy Sheindlin, who for more than 22 years has presided over America’s most recognizable TV court, is being recognized at the 2019 Daytime Emmys with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The National Academy of Television Art & Sciences will make the official announcement Wednesday, as well as announcing the Lifetime Achievement honoree for the Creative Arts celebration on May 3.
Sheindlin, the Brooklyn-born 76-year-old TV judge known for her no-nonsense persona, is the first person from the courtroom/legal genre to be honored with the award. Her eponymous show, meanwhile, has won three Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program.
“The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize both the excellence and vibrant diversity of daytime television programming,” NATAS President & CEO Adam Sharp said to ET. “Judge Judy Sheindlin epitomizes both, shaping one of the mainstay genres of our medium.”