Once upon a time, Rosie O'Donnell was the most powerful woman in daytime T.V. Yesterday, however, her latest attempt to reclaim her throne was shut down. And by none other than daytime queen Oprah Winfrey, who hired O'Donnell to do The Rosie Show on her fledgling OWN network, which is reportedly struggling to find its way.
According to Deadline, the five-month-old show will tape its final episode this coming Tuesday.
"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. "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."
For her part, O'Donnell released a perfectly lovely statement lamenting the failure of the show.
"I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago," she said. "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!"