Looks like Oprah is cleaning house in an effort to reform her network and boost ratings.

Although the pair hoped Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show would be a success for the network, Oprah pulled the plug after just five months, citing low ratings.

“I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey,” Oprah said in a statement.

“She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day. 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.”

But many on Rosie’s staff called the working conditions unbearable and labeled the show a “hellhole.”

But it’s still all love–or so it seems–between Oprah and Rosie. O’donnell said in a statement that she thanks Oprah for the opportunity.

“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!”

Well…that ends that.

What’s interesting is that Oprah’s network is now getting a bit more color. Iyanla Vanzant, Kim Coles, and professional matchmaker Paul Carrick Brunson will all have shows on the network.

But will it help save OWN?

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    Wait…Rosie O’Donnell had another show? Why?!

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    How you treat your employees matters! If you treat em like trash, don’t expect gold to line up outside your door!

  • http://piwindowonbusiness.wordpress.com/ Jon Hansen

    If not a dollar short, then Oprah is at least a day late with her network concept (http://wp.me/pydAP-2TW).

  • http://changecomesslow.com/2012/03/19/what-would-make-the-perfect-black-network/ Nikesha

    My brother worked on Rosie’s show in the editing department and called her “batshit crazy.” but with that said oprah isn’t blameless in her fledgling network’s direction either.

    I understand running a Television network is difficult. The struggles at OWN have shown me that. But it’s also not rocket science. No one wants to see 24 hours of inspirational programming all day every day. You can miss me on all that kumbaya. Likewise, no one wants to watch 24 hours of news, or trash reality shows, or sitcoms, or fantastical dramas, or booty shaking either. The problem with the current Black networks and the ones that have been proposed is that they’re trying to fit a niche of a niche market when really they should serve everyone.

  • secret6

    You are right on the money, Nikesha. I too can appreciate an inspirational pick me up from time to time, but I don’t need to be saturated with it either.

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