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Goodbye, Rosie: Oprah's Network Dumps O'Donnell Show

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"On we go!"

AP

The Oprah Winfrey Network has pulled the plug on Rosie O'Donnell's talk show, a mere five months after it debuted in October.

In a statement Friday, Winfrey called O'Donnell "an incredible partner" who worked "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," she said. "I’m grateful to Rosie and the dedicated 'Rosie Show' team for giving it their all.”

Despite being termed O'Donnell's "second act," according to the Hollywood Reporter, the show suffered from low ratings and had recently seen a format reshuffling in the hopes of attracting more viewers. O'Donnell's presence had initially been considered a boon for the new network and -- filming in Winfrey's former Chicago studio -- a way to fill the void left by the former daytime show queen.

According to the Chicago Tribune, speculation about the show's possible cancellation had recently intensified after O'Donnell put her just-purchased multimillion-dollar home on the market.

“I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago," O'Donnell said. "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!"

The finale episode will be taped Tuesday and air March 30.

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