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Lawsuit Says 'Judge Judy'

Sends Blacks Packin'

12/31/2007 11:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

An ex-producer for "Judge Judy" is claiming that he was canned for complaining that black litigants were being 86'd from the show.

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The lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court by former Senior Producer Jonathan Sebastien, alleges that Randy Douthit -- a supervisor -- told staffers, "We're not doing any more black shows," and "I don't want to hear black people arguing."

Sebastien claims when he complained about the alleged whitewashing, he says Douthit commanded his fellow producers to book "white upscale, pretty people" for Judge Judy, and to send black litigants to the "Judge Joe Brown" show. Brown's show is produced by the same company as "Judy."

Sebastien claims after he objected to the policy, his boss "berated and mocked him," and fired him on March 30. He is seeking unspecified damages from the show and CBS Paramount.

Judge Judy Sheindlin herself isn't named as a defendant. A rep for CBS Paramount tells TMZ, "CBS Paramount does not comment on pending litigation." A staffer from "Judge Judy" -- who did not want to be identified -- says the suit has "no merit" and that the claims are being being made by "a disgruntled former employee who was fired for cause."

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16.

Grace E.    

Hear say.

2457 days ago
17.

I THINK BRITNEY ROCKS    

I still see as many blacks as whites and asians on her show, get over your stupidity. He was fired, now he's making up lies like they all do. Judy will have him by the balls for spreading malicious lies.

2457 days ago
18.

Helldorado    

I will care the day that a white person wins Ms. Black America.
Until then...

2457 days ago
19.

BOSCO    

YA...WHY ISNT THERE A MISS WHITE AMERICA? IF THATS NOT RACIST, I DONT KNOW WHAT IS. AND WHY ISNT THERE A WHITE COLLEGE FUND? DOUBLE STANDARDS.

2457 days ago
20.

madblaster    

Well would anyone want to put such dirt out to the pulic anyways..Only to be in the lime light and really it just embarrasing!!!!

2457 days ago
21.

nan    

It's very irritating to try and watch a show when, as a viewer, all you hear is people yelling and screaming over the top of each other and the station bleeping words out every second and a half. Nobody understands anything because several people yell and scream at the same time and won't just SHUT UP and talk one at a time. That's the main reason I don't watch Judge Judy and other programs - it's too frustrating.

2457 days ago
22.

TJ    

IMO she is a nasty nasty person and dont care either way

2457 days ago
23.

tmzer    

Judge Judy is a smart woman. Always loved her. Go Judge!!

2457 days ago
24.

jersey    

Oh and she looks worst than my pitbulls ass. she is pretty NOT.

2457 days ago
25.

Mia    

I don't blame the producer. How many shows can we watch were all the black people do is argue about cell phones that they can't afford to begin with????????????????

2457 days ago
26.

nika    

I have watched just as many whites acting an ass on there as blacks. For those that are making ignorant comments (as usual), get over your damn selves.

2457 days ago
27.

Jeremiah    

First of all, if you look through this page at all the racist comments, they're all against black people made by white people. I doubt anyone else would defend that position other than a white person. For you white people who've been making this racist comments, race is totally irrelevant. He's claiming this was a wrong reason to fire him (NOT that it was a wrong decision to make) half of you anti-black racist idiots are arguing the decision to keep black people off Judge Judy is a good one. THAT'S NOT EVEN THE POINT. That IS a WRONG reason to fire somebody for having a problem with that decision. THAT'S THE POINT but this long line of racist white people come in. Someone even went into double standard of how black people get to do this and white people can't do that. Oh shut up! If we start bringing up how white people started it, we have to listen to their bellyaching "WAA WAA! PLEASE DON'T BRING UP THE OLDEN DAYS. Yea, well the olden days of slavery lasted centuries,

2457 days ago
28.

two cents    

Good for HER! I absolutely love Judge Judy, and so what if she wants a certain look to the show. She has the highest ratings for a judge show, so she must be doing something right.

Good for you Judy, it's your show, you run it whatever way you see fit.

(See what happens when you hire blacks? They lose their jobs, and all of a sudden, race is thrown in the mix). Bullcrap. "Sounds like sour grapes to me". LOL

2457 days ago
29.

letinstar    

from what i see, the shows are pretty much layed out that way anyways...i don't really see a whole lot of black litigants on judy and joe has a variety of trash enthicies on his show...

2457 days ago
30.

5Cats    

All I can say is - 'Who's yo baby daddy?

2457 days ago
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