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BREAKING NEWS: OWN Cancels ROSIE

OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, has just announced that it’s cancelling the talk show hosted by comedian Rosie O’Donnell, “The Rosie Show.”  The show will tape its final episode on Tuesday, March 20th.

A release issued by OWN said:  “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. “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.”

In the release, Rosie O’Donnell went on to say:  “I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago.”  She added,  “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!”

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Behind The Scenes with Rosie O’Donnell

Photo By: Dan Barbossa

On Windy City LIVE today, we were very lucky to have Rosie O’Donnell as our special guest for the hour.  But it didn’t start off so smoothly.  🙂  Rosie was caught in traffic.  Chicago traffic is a nightmare and Rosie learned that the hard way this morning.  As show time approached, Rosie was no where in sight.  Thankfully, she is a prolific Twitterer.  She started tweeting us updates.  “Oy in traffic – 6 mins says opera rap star driver Khary Laurent.”   Followed by, “cutting it close -fear not I am camera ready in an odd orange frock…”

So we had to formulate a back-up plan.  We had this elaborate open planned.  We put together a great skit on tape that culminated in Mark DeCarlo running into the studio and cue-ing a singer to begin.  The singer joins the chorus (The Chicago Red Line) and the song ends with Rosie walking on stage.  Well, no Rosie, no song, so we had the hosts vamp a little.  The show begins and I’m waiting in the lobby for Rosie.  Producer David Plummer is waiting outside.  News crews are gathered hoping to get a sound bite with Rosie (who just landed an exclusive sit down with Patty Blagojevitch).  There was no way that was happening.  We had to get her in studio.  We had a microphone waiting.  All we needed was Rosie…

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