Oprah Winfrey cancels Rosie O’Donnell, talks to Lady Gaga – The TV Guy – Orlando Sentinel

Television networks often release bad news late on Friday, trying to limit the fallout.

At 7:43 p.m.¬†Friday, OWN announced that Rosie O’Donnell’s 5-month-old talk show is ending. “the Rosie Show,” which airs at 7 p.m. weekdays, premiered in October. O’Donnell tapes her last show Tuesday, and it will air Friday, March 30.

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

O’Donnell taped the show in Chicago. She 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!”

About those ratings … Winfrey just scored OWN’s best numbers by interviewing Whitney Houston’s relatives. the TV mogul hopes to post more good numbers with a two-hour Lady Gaga interview at 9 p.m. Sunday on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”

Gaga talks about wearing that memorable meat dress to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010. A sample of the conversation:

Winfrey: “By the end of the night, was the meat smelling?”

Gaga: “oh, yes. But I kind of liked it.”

Oprah: “oh, my God. That’s disgusting.”

Gaga: “You know why? I don’t like talking to celebrities. … So I figured if it stinks, they won’t come close.”

But Gaga adds that a lot of people told her they found the look “cool.”

Oprah Winfrey cancels Rosie O’Donnell, talks to Lady Gaga – The TV Guy – Orlando Sentinel


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