One of OWN’s Most Important Shows Gets Tweaked, Drops Live Audience

Feb 13, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A show that has been counted on to help bring viewers to Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network has been undergoing some fine-tuning, and the tweaks appear to be getting bigger.

Since its bow in September 2011, Rosie O’Donnell’s "The Rosie Show" has evolved, eliminating some segments and shrinking its in-studio audience. Now it will drop the audience entirely, along with a move to a smaller studio, ChicagoBusiness.com reports.

A spokesperson for Harpo confirmed that "Rosie " is no longer taping before a live audience at Harpo Studios Inc. in Chicago, where she had taken over the former "Oprah" studio. The show also recently dropped a game-show element.

On air, O’Donnell told viewers that she had decided to make the changes to be more comfortable.

"It’s much better for me,” she said. “I loved doing the other show with the audience, but truthfully, I’m 49 years old — when I did my old show I was 33, maybe 34, and I had just come off of 15 years of doing stand-up. I’m out of practice and it also doesn’t feel real for who I am today. Who I am today is not just a comic, right? I’ve got a lot of other interests. I want to have real conversations. I don’t want to perform or present, I just want to talk."

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