Even a last-minute appearance by Liza Minnelli couldn’t save Rosie O’Donnell’s chat fest on OWN. Her eminence Oprah Winfrey has announced that The Rosie Show was getting the axe after just five months on the air:
“I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey. 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.”
You’ve learned that growing an audience takes time, so you canceled a show after less than six months? Seems a little counterintuitive, O.
Nevertheless, freed of the bonds of a daily talk show, Rosie can now return to the many other pursuits that have made her beloved. To wit:
* Rosie the Broadway producer! After the smashing success of Taboo, the Boy George musical that… ok, bad example.
* Rosie the movie actress. Didn’t we all rush to the cineplex again and again to see Ro in The Flintstones and the erotic thriller Exit to Eden? What, no one? okay moving on.
* Rosie the blogger. Her haiku-like posts about cancer, Donald Trump and 9/11 conspiracies are really what made O’Donnell America’s sweethe… oh, forget it.
Look, Rosie, we just want one thing from you: Please read the screenplay we sent you for Riding the Bus with My Sister II. It’s got some real meat to it, and a great romantic storyline. We’re seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman as your love interest—or maybe Melissa McCarthy.
Or, y’know, you could record that country-western song with Rush Limbaugh. Whatever.
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