Oprah Cancels Rosie

Low ratings end O'Donnell's show after a season
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2012 5:24 AM CDT
Rosie O'Donnell, right, interviews former Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevic.   (AP Photo/OWN, LLC, John Kringas)
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(Newser) – The struggles continue at Oprah Winfrey's cable channel OWN, as Rosie O'Donnell's talk show was canceled yesterday after just one season, reports E! Online. The Rosie Show started last October, with Russell Brand as the main guest and 497,000 viewers. It steadily declined after that, pulling in just 204,000 viewers on March 6.

  • Rosie's statement: "I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago. So I am headed back to my home in New York—with gratitude. On we go!"
  • Oprah's: "As I have learned in the last 15 months, a new network launch is always a challenge and ratings grow over time as you continue to gather an audience. I'm grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all."

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