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Rosie O'Donnell show cancelled

Oprah Winfrey has cancelled Rosie O'Donnell's daytime talk show.

The media titan has been struggling to get and keep viewers on her new television network OWN, and The Rosie Show is one of the casualties from a recent shake up.

The network announced that production on the programme will end next week after only five months on the air and the final episode will go out on March 30.

"I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey," Oprah said.

"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 premiered in October to mixed reviews and although it started with a healthy 500,000 viewers - it apparently lost nearly half of its audience after the first three days.

But despite the show not quite catching on, it did manage to get a few exclusives including Chelsea Handler talking about having an abortion and Mariah Carey showing off her figure for the first time since having her twins.

OWN recently got a great coup, and ratings winner, by getting the first interview with Bobbi Kristina Brown following the death of her mother Whitney Houston

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