'The Rosie Show' Cancelled by OWN, Oprah Winfrey Lays off Others
Oprah Winfrey has laid off 30 employees, including Rosie O'Donnell's chat show 'The Rosie Show'.
Oprah Winfrey's OWN, the new cable network announced a major restructure of its network operations in Los Angeles and New York on Monday.
Winfrey's company laid off 30 employees, leaving those unaffected to redistribute the workload among the remaining network staff.
Winfrey took over as chief executive of OWN eight months ago. The network has struggled to gain traction with audiences since launching in January 2011, though ratings improved dramatically with the debut of Oprah's Next Chapter, her new show that sees her travel around the US to meet newsmakers and celebrities.
Though O'Donnell was in good spirits during her 50th birtday party, insiders told Us Weekly that her split from Oprah Winfrey's network wasn't exactly amicable.
"The entire show was a disaster, and Oprah was definitely over Rosie being so erratic," the source admits. And, despite being aware of The Rosie Show's low ratings, O'Donnell's team may not be quite as at peace with the program's abrupt end as they seemed Monday evening. "Rosie didn't even have the decency to tell them [about the cancellation] herself," the insider shares. "She wasn't present for the announcement on Friday."
The Rosie Show will air its final episode on March 30th at 7 p.m.EST, 6 P.M. CST.