As the star of Judge Judy, Judy Sheindlin
presides over the No. 1 show on all of daytime television and historically she’s steered clear of political endorsements or partisan stances that might alienate any segment of her vast audience. That personal precedent went out the window on Friday night, however, with Sheindlin’s first-ever appearance on HBO
’s Real Time with Bill Maher
and her vigorous courting of voters to get behind Michael Bloomberg
, the former New York City mayor, was present in name only during Friday’s live show in Los Angles but his (apparently) ramping presidential bid earned a singular spotlight during Maher’s one-on-one interview with Sheindlin, the top-of-the-show guest. The episode also included Judd Apatow
, the Hollywood big-screen comedy king, and Rahm Emanuel
, who is the former mayor of Chicago and one-time White House
Chief of Staff.