OWN is No Longer ‘Rosie,’ as Talk Show Gets the Axe

by | March 16, 2012 at 7:07 PM | Celebrities, TV News

Rosie O'Donnell and Oprah Winfrey on OWN (Photos: Getty Images)


It’s the end of the line for “Rosie.”

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network officially announced in a press release that “The Rosie Show,” hosted by actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell, will tape its final show on Tuesday, March 20 and the last episode of the series will air on March 30.

“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 Oprah Winfrey in the release. “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.”

“The Rosie Show” kicked off on the young channel on October 10 to decent ratings but audiences began fade out over the next few weeks, which caused the series to undergo an overhaul in January in an effort to revitalize the show. Alas, it was all to no avail.

“I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago,” said O’Donnell. “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!”