‘Mathis Family Matters’ – Why Judge Mathis gets no respect

Legal experience no help in 'Mathis Family Matters'

Judge Greg Mathis of ‘Mathis Family Matters’ Sunday on E!

Q: What do you think will surprise viewers about you and your family on “Mathis Family Matters”?

A: That I have no authority at home and no one listens to me and I’m very marginalized by everyone.

Q: Despite your legal credentials?

A: Yes, and they all know I don’t know more than anyone because they’ve all been to college so they all think they know more than me. And they’re all out working in the professional world themselves … . But I know so much more than them. Hey, this is the way you put it: I’ve forgotten more than they have ever learned but yet they think they know more than me and they blow me off when I try and give them advice and try and exercise some authority over the household. I’m Rodney Dangerfield, that’s who I am off the bench. I get no respect.

Q: Who is the biggest culprit at blowing you off?

A: Linda, she sets the example. She won’t let me tell her what to do. I just don’t understand it. … Don’t the vows say she’s supposed to do everything I ask her? I think, yeah, that was in my vows. And I guess with the equality movement, she just quit on me. I’m all for women’s equality but my goodness, a man should at least be able to keep some of the privileges. And perhaps not.

Q: Does you legal training and experience on the bench come into play when you’re dealing with the family?

A: Well, I try and make it handy. I try and use those professional skills that I was trained in, and that is logic and reasoning. But you’ve got to listen and no one listens to me. … There’s a general perception that I give too much unsolicited advice and I talk too much and I cut into others when they talk. And so I have that general reputation around here so they kind of blow me off after 30 seconds when they see it’s going to be a long-winded soap box lecture.

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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