Mablean Ephriam was not fired from Divorce Court, but was unable to agree on terms to a new contract with the show's producers. She lasted for seven seasons and was the first African-American and female to preside over the show.
Mablean Ephriam was the first judge to work on Divorce Court after it was revived in 1999. In the show's earlier incarnation, dramatic reenactments were used instead of a real judge and real couples. Judge Ephriam was known both for her humor and ability to quickly grab control of her courtroom when fighting between a couple increased. Her trademark phrase was "Look deep before you leap."
Prior to becoming a judge, Mablean Ephriam worked in investment banking at First Western Bank, as a correctional officer at the Federal Women's Prison, and as a legal secretary. She graduated law school in 1978 and began her career as prosecutor in the criminal division of the Office of the City Attorney in Los Angeles, California.
In 2013, Ephriam agreed to return to television as the host of "Justice with Judge Mablean." The show first aired in 2014 and is produced by Entertainment Studios. As of 2015, the show is aired on Justice Central and various ABC stations.