The writing was on the wall for this one.
Remember we told you guys that Rosie had moved her show from Harpo Studios in Chicago, Illinois to New York City. Well….now reports coming in that Oprah has axed the talk show from her network OWN.
“I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey. She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day,” said OWN chief Oprah Winfrey in a statement. “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.”
Well it was with good reason too. The show was averaging 190,000 viewers shot at Harpo Studios where production costs are higher and in Chicago, where it was increasingly difficult to get big name celebs.
Rosie remained upbeat given the cancellation:
“I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago. I was welcomed with open arms and will never forget the kindness of all I encountered. 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 news of the cancellation comes two months after the ailing network announced it had hired Shane Farley (Rachel Ray, Rosie O’Donnell Show) to replace Page Hurwitz as the show’s executive producer and would moved Rosie into a significantly smaller 70-seat studio.
Best wishes Rosie!
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