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The Oprah Winfrey Network needed a ratings boost, but apparently The Rosie O'Donnell Show just wasn't it. The struggling cable network announced on Friday that it is cancelling Rosie O'Donnell's show after only one season.
"I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago," O'Donnell, 49, said in a statement. "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!"
Winfrey also issued a statement explaining the difficult decision and thanking O'Donnell for her contribution to the network.
"I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey," Winfrey said. "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. I'm grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all."
The show, which launched Oct. 10 with comedian Russell Brand as the first celebrity guest, will air its final episode on March 30. Despite the talk show's cancellation, there is one significant silver lining to O'Donnell's time in Chicago: She met her fiancee Michelle Rounds at a Starbucks in the Second City last year!