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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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46.

Kaili    

ey, "amazed at all this"
don't blame Maury, those guests go on that show willingly,not forced.
and if it weren't for Maury paying for those paternity tests,those women still wouldn't know who the father of their kids are.

2302 days ago
47.

SuperStarSteve    

Isn't Judge Judy black?

2302 days ago
48.

Potholder    

# 45 amazing

I do agree with you to a certain extent but I also think that the black people don't need Maury Povich to make fools of them selves.. His show has turned into the black people who's your baby daddy show and I'm pretty sure all of the people in the audience are not getting paid or the one's on sttage, they make fools of themselves for free!!!

2302 days ago
49.

BUM    

I can't stand this woman.... every time I see her snooty face on TV... I have to change the channel immediately. I can't stand the show... I can't believe that these judge shows are so popular since there are so many on TV lately. Judge Judy is the worst... what a b*tch this woman is... cold hearted old b*tch... no wonder why her husband cheated on her years ago!! haha

2302 days ago
50.

Joanie    

THERE YOU GO BLAMING JUDGE JUDY, AND BELEIVING THE STORY FROM A DISGRUNTED EMPLOYEE. ALWAYS PLAYING THE RACE CARD. SHE'S NOT EVEN INVOLVED WITH THIS, IT'S THE PRODUCERS. THERE ARE MOSTLY BLACKS ON ALL THESE SHOWS, SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM???

2302 days ago
51.

MenThatLikeMenROCK    

Hey Franklin! R u the one who created this lawsuit? E-mail me! Wow @ at all the erroneous, slanderous, racist, idiotic, off the point of the article comments on this page, I don't even know where to begin. Well, the latest comment made by EEK727 falls under the category of libel. Jerry Sheindlin never cheated on Judge Judy. That wasn't the reason for their divorce before they got back together again. And I certainly don't know how we got into Maury Povich. I guess it had to do with some of these white whiners on this page turning thesubject (which really hasn't got anything to do with racism) into a racial matter, while ironically still making comments like "Don't bring up the race card" as if a black person is, when this is actually a white man who is accusing the show of racism against blacks.

GROUP OF IDIOTS 1. ON THIS PAGE (RACIST WHITE WHINERS) Ok, let me see if I can explain this to some of these racist white whiners so they understand it. This has to do with a guy who says he was fired for an outrageous reason. Whether you believe what Randy Douhthit may have said was or wasn't racist, it shouldn't have been a reason to fire him is what this case is about. The show says that is completely false. There aren't even any black people involved in this. It has to do with white people not getting along. How white people were able to make all these offensive comments about black people and start bringing up Maury Povich is beyond me.

GROUP OF IDIOTS 2. ON THIS PAGE (PEOPEL ACTING AS IF JUDY SHEINDLIN IS GETTING SUED) It seems like a big group of people didn't even bother to read the article. A number of people have made comments as if Judy Sheindlin herself is getting sued. Judge Judy is really not being sued and no money will come out of her pocket if the show loses the case. So making comments like "Judge Judy is racist" and some other comments I see on this page are idiotic.

ONE IDIOT One idiot on this page really got under my skin when he said, well judge judy is the best court show so there doing something right in not putting more of them on or something to this effect. By making this statement, you really insult the show and make it seem like the color of the litigant's skin in the majority of the show's cases is a big part of the show's success. You're a dumb a ss.

I, ladies and gentlemen, am surrounded by morons! Thank you and peace out! (NOTE: GOOGLE KNOL IS COMING TO TAKE OUT CRAPPY WIKIPEDIA. WIKIPEDIA (

2302 days ago
52.

Potholder    

Dear men that like men,

Do you have a thing for Maury Povich?? It sure sounds like you do, all I said was his show is forum for all the black people to go to, And how can you say the lawsuit has nothing to do with race? Did you bother to read it??

2302 days ago
53.

Joanie    

THIS STORY HASN'T EVEN BEEN PROVE TO BE THE TRUTH , SO WHY ALL THE HOSTILITY? AS SONN AS SOMEONE FILE A LAWSSUIT, AND ACCUSES ANYONE OF RACISM, YOU BELEIVE THEM, NOT FOR ANYTHING, BUT BLACKS USE THIS ALL THE TIME.I CAN'T BELEIVE THE STORY TILL IT'S PROVEN

2302 days ago
54.

jc    

Who's the idiot that thinks all white people are pretty??? Ignorance is rampant in America.

2301 days ago
55.

MenThatLikeMenROCK    

In all honesty, white folks are considered the most corrupt race what with all their antics from back in 2007. People like Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Chris Benoit, Baywatch dude whatever his name is, Nick Hogan, Alec Baldwin (everything from drugs, rehab, drunk driving, hair cutting and balding to mistreatement of children, KILLING THEIR FAMILIES, partying parents who don't take care of their children, etc. Let's face it! White folks are out of control hypocrites that like to make it seem like black people are evil as they have done on this page. The worst things that happened this years in the entertainment world were pretty much all WHITE PEOPLE killing their families (Chris Benoit), yet they bring up friggin Maury! What a joke of a race

2301 days ago
56.

MenThatLikeMenROCK    

Potholder, do u have a thing for pot? It sure sounds like you do. All I said was that your statement about Maury being a forum for all black people to go to was irrelevant. Was anyone fired from Maury for being against that? A question like that would be relevant. That's how the lawsuit has nothing to do with race. White people are so stupid

2301 days ago
57.

Potholder    

No I don't have a thing for pot or for Maury Povich, I think your trying to justify his show because YOUR black and you can't stand the fact that everyy person on his show make morons of themselves everyday.

2301 days ago
58.

Kaili    

you make fun of our race,how about the black
men who love White women.
make fun of us all you want,you blacks love us white girls.
and as far as white people killing everybody goes,please whatever.
these white people in the media you see,are all Celebrities,duh.
of course they are in the media.yeah, and i never see a story about a black person killing anyone.
i watch court tv a lot,and lots of these stories are black killers,gimme a break,only white people kill,
your an idiot.

2301 days ago
59.

Kaili    

and one more thing.
that comment about white parents not being parents i s hilarious.
how many black crack whore mothers do i see on the news night after night.
prostituting themselves,druggies etc.
but ok, it is only us whites who do those things.get a clue moron.

2301 days ago
60.

Kaili    

black people kill just as much as whites, try watching Lockup on Msnbc.
most of the inmates are black and most of them are in for Drugs and MURDER!!!

2301 days ago
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