Judge Judy—or, as she's known off the air, Judy Sheindlin doesn't take no for an answer in her show or in real life. The reality star recently revealed that she negotiates her huge $47 million salary by not negotiating, and we're honestly inspired.
In a transcript of a deposition obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Sheindlin explained that every three years, she sits down with CBS for a renegotiation--if you can even call it that. In a lawsuit brought by Rebel Entertainment Partners, which is suing CBS and Big Ticket Television for allegedly being denied profits, Sheindlin said that "CBS had no choice but to pay me what I wanted because otherwise I could take it wherever I wanted to take it or do it myself...Their back's to the wall."
For that reason, Sheindlin simply hands over an envelope during the renegotiation meetings. "[W]e go to the Grill on the Alley with the president of the company," Sheindlin said. "We sit across the table, and I hand him the envelope and I say, 'Don't read it now, let's have a nice dinner. Call me tomorrow. You want it, fine. Otherwise, I'll produce it myself.' That's the negotiation."
She has, however, been challenged by the former president of CBS TV Distribution, John Nogawski, who she said was "the only one who tried something a little bit different":
"John Nogawski came to the meeting at the Grill on the Alley, and I handed him my envelope, and he said, 'Judy, I have my own envelope.' And I said, 'I don't want to look at it.' He said, 'Why not? Maybe it's more than what's in your envelope.' And I said, 'Well, John, if I look at your envelope, it's a negotiation. This isn't a negotiation.' And he put his envelope away and they gave me what I wanted; not a whole thing, not 30 pages, three things, whatever it was, done."