Oprah Winfrey had to make a difficult decision about Rosie O’ Donnell’s show on her network, OWN, and it’s the latest in a series of difficult cancellations for the talk show queen as she struggles to build a network around her brand. According to The Daily Beast, Oprah made the decision to axe Rosie herself:
At the Harpo offices in Chicago, O’Donnell’s staff had been alerted of the decision only hours before, after weeks of rumors that the show was on the chopping block. Over a short TV life span, through countless reboots and hiatuses, the series had morphed from a delightful comedy hour that nonetheless premiered to weak ratings in the fall to a bleak, Larry King–style interview program with C-list guests like the cast of Dance Moms and Jaleel White. Through all the changes, some 30 employees from producers to writers had left because of budget cuts and possibly because of a boss who couldn’t decide what she wanted and frequently humiliated them in public. “It was such a f’n hellhole,” says one former staffer.
O’Donnell will tape her final show on Tuesday, March 20, which will air on Friday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. EST.