Some people might be upset that The Rosie Show was cancelled by Oprah Winfrey but Rosie O’Donnell isn’t one of them. From her perspective, Winfrey and OWN did the sensible thing by dropping her low-rated talk show.
O’Donnell recently spoke about the cancellation and was very philosophical about it. She said:
“Some viewers have been saying that it wasn’t fair. It was fair. Listen, Oprah gave me an amazing shot at doing this. She really did. She put me back on TV. She believed in me. I didn’t even know if I could do it again, truthfully. And she said, ‘I think you can.’ And then I said, ‘I think I can too.'”
“And off I came here to Chicago, with the best of intentions, trying, really, to do, you know, what I thought would be kind of easy for me. But it wasn’t really that easy. We sort of started off the wrong way. We were kind of trying to do a little bit of what we had done 15 years ago [on The Rosie O’Donnell Show], and you can’t do [that].”
“Lewis Carroll said that ‘I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.’ And that’s sort of what I figured out. I figured it out over Christmas break. And so we shifted the show and started to do the one-on-one [interviews]. And I think by that time we had lost a lot of momentum.”
“Here’s the bottom line: it’s a business, right? It didn’t make financial sense to continue the show at the cost because of the amount of viewers. And you know, all I want to say is thanks to all of the viewers who watched and thanks to Oprah. Because it’s not about the things that occur in your life. It’s about how you react to them. Really.”
“Oprah has treated me with nothing but respect and with dignity from day one and I thank her, and HARPO, and the staff here who were pretty amazing, really. I mean, it was a different show than they were ever used to doing. Most of these staff members had worked for Oprah for decades and they’re top notch staff and everybody here was great. Honest to God.”
“So, that’s all. It’s not a nightmare. It’s a good thing.”