Rosie O’Donnell Photo by: Harpo

Rosie O’Donnell’s chat show just one casualty as Oprah Winfrey makes huge layoffs


Rosie O’Donnell Photo by: Harpo

Oprah Winfrey's OWN, the new cable network announced a major restructure of its network operations in Los Angeles and New York on Monday.

Winfrey's company laid off 30 employees, leaving those unaffected to redistribute the workload among the remaining network staff.

'It is difficult to make tough business decisions that affect people’s lives, but the economics of a start-up cable network just don’t work with the cost structure that was in place,’ Winfrey said in a statement reported by the Daily Mail.

‘As CEO, I have a responsibility to chart the course for long-term success for the network. To wholly achieve that long-term success, this was a necessary next step.'

Winfrey took over as chief executive of OWN eight months ago. The network has struggled to gain traction with audiences since launching in January 2011, though ratings improved dramatically with the debut of Oprah's Next Chapter, her new show that sees her travel around the US to meet newsmakers and celebrities.

On March 11 Winfrey's sit-down interview with Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown brought in record numbers for the channel. However Winfrey has vowed she will not return to a full-time hosting gig.

Celebrities caught up in the restructuring include chat show queen Rosie O’Donnell, whose five-month-old show was cancelled at the weekend.


Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:

Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.

Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: