OWN Cancels Rosie O’Donnell’s Show
By Tomika Anderson, Special to CNN
(CNN) — Oprah Winfrey has pulled the plug on Rosie O’Donnell’s primetime OWN show.
Fans of the long-struggling “The Rosie Show” have just one more opportunity on Tuesday, March 20 to attend a live taping.
The final episode is expected to air on March 30.
In addition to the Chicago-based show’s apparently abysmal ratings, The Daily Beast reports that factors behind the scenes may also have attributed to the show’s untimely demise.
For her part, OWN owner Oprah Winfrey – who is struggling with poor ratings across the network overall – did not acknowledge any drama with O’Donnell in the statement she released Friday.
“I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey,” Winfrey said. “She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day.”
O’Donnell, not surprisingly, was also mum about any potential challenges.
“I was welcomed with open arms and will never forget the kindness of all I encountered,” the 49-year-old said of her experience on the show and her dealings with Winfrey. “It was a great year for me — I wish the show was able to attract more viewers — but it did not. So I am headed back to my home in New York — with gratitude. On we go!”
“The Rosie Show” debuted back in late October, and saw an almost immediate slide in ratings.