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Oprah Cancels Rosie O'Donnell's OWN Talk Show

In Celebs by Kim Muraro , on Monday, March 19, 2012, 5:13 AM (PDT)
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A Former Rosie Show Staffer Says the Workplace Was a "Hellhole"

It lasted just five months: Oprah Winfrey has cancelled Rosie O'Donnell's daily talk show on Winfrey's OWN TV network.

The poorly-rated series, which was averaging just 190,000 viewers per episode, will tape its final episode on March 20, to air on March 30.

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"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," Winfrey said in a statement.

Said O'Donnell via a statement: "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!"

Playing nice in their statements aside, The Daily Beast reports the entire run of The Rosie Show was anything but a pleasant one, with one former staffer referring to the show's set as a "f**king hellhole."

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Among the revelations at Daily Beast:
-- That O'Donnell, despite her "queen of nice" reputation, could be anything but, and once publicly berated a veteran director who had worked on Winfrey's old talk show;
-- That O'Donnell also had issues with her music leader and announcers;
-- That O'Donnell's staff had learned of the show's cancelation just hours before it was announced to the media;
-- That The Rosie Show's ratings once dropped to a mere 60,000 viewers;
-- That bookers had difficulty getting celeb guests to fly to the show's Chicago set;
-- That the 7 p.m. timeslot for The Rosie Show doomed it, because most of its target viewers were making and eating dinner at that time;
-- Market research showed even O'Donnell's gay-friendly audience tired of her frequent mentions of her sexuality;
-- Ultimately, a lot of money was spent on O'Donnell's show, which never paid off with ratings for OWN;
-- And O'Donnell wasn't even in Chicago when her staff found out the show was canceled.

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