OWN pulls the plug on 'The Rosie Show' after five months on the air, with the cable channel's owner stating, 'I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey.'
"The Rosie Show" has got the boot after only one season. OWN announced on Friday, March 16 that it canceled the talk show hosted by Rosie O'Donnell. The daily program's final episode will be taped on Tuesday, March 20 and aired on Friday, March 30 in its 7 P.M. time slot.
"I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey," the network's owner Oprah Winfrey said in a statement. "She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day."
The former daytime talk show queen went on sharing, "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."
O'Donnell added, "I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago. 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", which was dubbed O'Donnell's first big TV project since leaving "The View", was premiered in October 2011 with 497,000 viewers. The number, however, has declined since then with the show averaging 204,000 viewers as of March 6.