That sound you hear may be very premature gloating. Fox News Chicago are reporting that celebrity talk show host conservatives love to hate Rosie O’Donnell’s is cutting down the number of her show's production staff and reducing the size of her studio audience in Chicago.

Fox claims that Crain's Chicago Business has reported the talk show has let go as many as 30 employees and contract workers in the past month.

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Meanwhile O'Donnell's show has also moved into a new studio that holds far fewer seats than her original studio.

For her detractors the tea leaves are suggesting the show may fail. But don't break out the bunting just yet. O'Donnell's supporters - who include influential Harpo head Oprah Winfrey herself - aren't likely to give up the program that easily.

Put this down to tinkering - the show is far from doomed.