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Oprah Winfrey

Bloodbath at OWN

3/19/2012 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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First Rosie ... now TMZ has learned roughly 30 people got the chop at the Oprah Winfrey Network today ... including 2 high level execs.

Sources connected to OWN tell us ... people from at least 3 departments were let go ... including the creative services dept., integrated marketing and promo scheduling.

We're told one of the casualties was the head of the Creative Services Department. Another was the Senior Vice President of Production.

One source tells us the group included people with years of experience in the industry as well as newcomers.

The timing is interesting ... considering O just cancelled Rosie O'Donnell's show. OWN has been struggling with low ratings since its launch.

One source tells us, "It's like a ghost town over there."

We're told, "They did the firings respectfully ... brought everyone into an office individually and explained the situation face to face."

Calls to OWN have not been returned.

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136.

CloudzAngel    

Call me crazy if you will, but I actually like a lot of the shows on the OWN Network. I will admit Rosie's show sucked and I only watched it once. But there are a lot of good shows on there!

857 days ago
137.

raccoonradio    

Max Robins, formerly of TV Guide, was on a radio station in Boston yesterday saying that $300-500 million ("of other people's money") has been blown on the OWN channel. Indeed according to radioonline.com, "Discovery -- who says they’ll be taking a more hands-on approach moving forward -- has sunk more than $300 million into the network, and there’s chatter the network could pull the plug if losses continue to mount (though the network has steadfastly said it will continue to support OWN). "

857 days ago
138.

Brenda    

I stopped watching her about 7 years ago when she became very "black oriented" and seemed to be racist.....many of my friends saw it also about that time......then she thinks she can use her "celebrity" for Obama? so is she a communist also? She has gotten quite rich off of capitalism and now she backs a supporter of communists, anarchists, radicals in his regime an Occupy......no longer can listen to the biatch!!!

857 days ago
139.

lona    

little by little we are drifting back toward the shows of the old network she bought, Discovery Health. Who wants to watch the shows Oprah picks out, shows about Oprah, more shows about Oprah and even more shows about Oprah. Oh and don't forget Rosie, Gayle and Dr Phil. An hour of Oprah a day was bad enough, did she really think the public was going to watch a whole network of this crap? I saw an interview with Oprah the other day and she said she only puts shows on that "uplifted her". She is supposed to be making the public happy to be successful, not herself. How many billions does this woman need to make to satisfy her ego? It wasn't enough to have a magazine that ONLY has your own picture on the cover every month since it started, every month that I know of. Oh I hope someone buys the whole network and she can just occassionally make a special to keep her ego happy

857 days ago
140.

Shabhon    

I love TMZ. but man does it attract a bunch of haters. bummer.

857 days ago
141.

THE BEAVER    


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TDXI: 20 hours ago

I wonder how long it will be before she starts buying them poor black folks cable, to try and boost her ratings.
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No, she will "try to" buy Obama's ticket back into The White House. Like she id the first time. Now that would boost her rating for sure. Might keep her going for at least another 4 years.

857 days ago
142.

THE BEAVER    

id is to be did. Sorry

857 days ago
143.

Macarooney    

They need to can her network and bring back Discovery Health--the very network her's had replaced.

857 days ago
144.

Born in heels    

Oprah... You should have just kept your show. Shows how huge YOUR ego is; you have enough $ to own your OWN network but you don't have the following. A network? Seriously... You aren't THAT amazing.

857 days ago
145.

STFUP    

The bigger bloodbath will come within a year - when OWN falls apart completely & dies.
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Oprah waited YEARS too long to start her own network. By the time she did it - she wasn't popular any more, so nobody cares.
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And the shows on OWN? 99% grabage.

856 days ago
146.

Chris NJ    

Like any business (no matter who the owner is). It doesn't matter how much money you have or fame. Any business suffers in a bad economy. When not enough money is coming in, people have to go.

856 days ago
147.

Bud    

She only canned her white staffers.

856 days ago
148.

Cindy    

Hey OPRAH! Remember All My Children, One Life To Live? ABC, ring a bell? It should. You lost ABC daytime fans as soon as you did that youtube video. Just remember that. Your audience left you. Lost respect, not too much for what you did, but what you said.

856 days ago
149.

too bad    

Wonder why she didn't spend more to stimulate her network like her buddy Obama does with our taxpayer money. Oh..that's right...it's her money. Karma.

856 days ago
150.

Tex Lovera    

Oprah is all about Oprah, and nuthin' else. Always has been, always will be.

Oprah sux. Always has, always will...

856 days ago
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