Contact Us

Rosie O’Donnell’s Cancelled Talk Show Was a “Hellhole” Say Staff

Rosie O’Donnell’s return to talk on Oprah’s fledgling OWN network was cancelled, last week.  And the fact that staffers referred to ‘The Rosie Show’ as a “f**king hellhole” might be one reason why.

Rosie ODonnell
Getty Images, Frederick M. Brown

It’s no secret that the comedian-turned-talkshow host has a rep for being demanding. However, she’s also got a rep for scoring Emmys and ruling in the ratings.

Unfortunately, O’Donnell failed to replicate her previous success with the talk show format this time around.  And according to the The Daily Beast, the comedian’s diva-like antics were a likely contributor to the show’s demise.

“It was such a f**king hellhole,” said one disgruntled staffer. O’Donnell was reportedly not satisfied with her top-shelf staff, which included bandleader and ‘SNL’ vet, Katreese Barnes and Oprah Winfrey’s go-to director, Joe Terry. And insiders say O’Donnell humiliated staffers when things didn’t go her way.

O’Donnell’s arrival at OWN looked like a promising move for the struggling network but the show quickly sank in the ratings and tinkering with the format only made things worse. Staffers got final confirmation of the long-rumored cancellation on Friday.

O’Donnell, however, was not on hand in Chicago to share the news with her staff. From the sounds of it, no one was disappointed by her absence.

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://screencrush.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on ScreenCrush quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Register on ScreenCrush quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!