The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on
Friday canceled Rosie O'Donnell's talk show, The Rosie Show,
O'Donnell's return to television was
trumpeted by OWN as a cornerstone of the nascent network when the
show premiered in October.
The 49-year-old open gay O'Donnell said
in a statement that she was headed home with “gratitude.”
“It was a great year for me,”
O'Donnell said. “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!”
Winfrey added: “I thank Rosie from
the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey. As I have
learned in the past 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.”
The final episode will air March 30.
O'Donnell's departure follows the
December announcement that Nate Berkus' The
Nate Berkus Show
had been canceled after two seasons. Berkus became a television
personality offering design advice to viewers on The Oprah Winfrey
Show. Winfrey's Harpo Studio produced the show.