Rosie O'Donnell's OWN series 'The Rosie Show' canceled after one season
Rosie O'Donnell's OWN series "The Rosie Show" has been canceled after one season, the network announced on Friday, March 16.
"I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago," O'Donnell said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "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 Rosie Show" premiered on OWN with guest Russell Brand on October 10, 2011 and was watched by 497,000 viewers. As of March 6, "The Rosie Show" was averaging 204,000 viewers.
OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, announced the news about the cancellation in a press release. "The Rosie Show" will tape its final episode on Tuesday, March 20, to air on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on 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," Oprah Winfrey said 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."
From 1996 to 2002, O'Donnell hosted her own daytime talk show "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," which earned her six Daytime Emmys for outstanding talk show host. O'Donnell, who has often been deemed abrasive, butted heads with Elizabeth Hasselbeck when she co-hosted "The View" in 2006. She left the show a year later.
Rosie O'Donnell faced controversy on the series in February after saying that she fears "little people" and her guest Chelsea Handler joked that having sex with one would be "child abuse."
The 49-year-old host and comedienne announced in January that she and her fiancé Michelle Rounds are hoping to have a baby in the near future.
The OWN network, a joint venture between her firm Harpo Inc. and Discovery and took over what was formerly the Discovery Health cable channel.