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Oprah’s OWN Network announced Saturday that it will be canceling production of Rosie O’Donnell’s daily talk show. What talk show? Exactly. In its five months on the air, The Rosie Show has never earned sizable ratings — beginning at only 500,000 viewers and plummeting to an average of 230,000.
Oprah released a statement on the decision.
I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey. 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.
Despite the ratings, The Rosie Show attracted fairly interesting guests, and the program had recently switched from a live studio audience to one-on-one interviews. Its most notable episode will likely remain the one in which Chelsea Handler spoke openly and in defense of the abortion she had as a teenager.