(CHICAGO) — If there’s any bitterness from Rosie O’Donnell about Oprah Winfrey cancelling The Rosie Show, she’s not admitting it — on air, at least.
O’Donnell took time during the final taping Tuesday of her ratings-challenged talk show to address Winfrey’s decision to yank the show from OWN’s schedule after its March 30 telecast. It’s a move O’Donnell called “fair.”
Despite continuous re-tooling of the show — and reported static behind the scenes — O’Donnell couldn’t replicate the fame of her earlier chat show hit The Rosie O’Donnell Show.
“Listen, Oprah gave me an amazing shot,” O’Donnell admitted. “She put me back on TV, she believed in me…and off I came to Chicago with the best of intentions, trying to do what I thought would be kind of easy for me. But it really wasn’t.”
Referencing her former chat show success, O’Donnell quoted Lewis Carroll, saying, “I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then — and that’s sort of what I figured out.”
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Sarah Bringhurst, OK.com
Jim Bennett, Deseret News