Rosie O’Donnell’s fling with Chicago is officially over – less than a year after it began.
Struggling to generate viewers, “The Rosie Show” will tape its final episode March 20, which is set to air March 30, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced Friday.
“I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey,” Winfrey 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. I’m grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all.”
O’Donnell said Friday she loved working with Winfrey “in the amazing city of Chicago.”
“I was welcomed with open arms and will never forget the kindness of all I encountered,” O’Donnell said. “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!”
In recent weeks, “Rosie” had been attracting only about 200,000 viewers per show. And she’d recently put her Lake View home on the market – which was first reported by Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker – which she bought last September for $2,250,000.