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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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166.

Donna    

I wrote into the Rosie show in the very beginning and said I felt it was doomed because of the time slot. It was at one time offered after regular night programming. The rest of the time has been absolutely nothing. Rosie's program was good. Too bad she got messed up with a lame outfit.

853 days ago
167.

ray eth    

I oprah,to bad you decided to use the poor instead of helping them.the poor can,t afford your channel own so your shows are viewed by the rich only but yet you still use the poor to elevate yourself and your friends,you lost the beauty you had,miss you

842 days ago
168.

MESA    

WOW- How very sad! HOW VERY SAD FOR OPRAH!
Did anyone watch Stedman on The View? He referred to Oprah in the past tense. WOW! Is Stedman jumping ship?
Even Gale is gone!!!!!! She had enough sense to realize that her ship was sinking, and she bailed out before the )(*&%$ hit the fan. LOL!

The Writing is on the wall. The OWN Network is so depressing. It's all about murder, infidelity, and negativity. Her Master Classes are the pits! I watched Ivanzant (whatever her name is) and I was totally disgusted by the woman. I can't believe that she blamed that poor mother for her having a child with autism. If the woman didn't need a psychiatrist before the show, she certainly needed one after the show. No mother prays for a child to suffer. YOU ARE DISGUSTING IVANZANT AND I REFUSE TO BUY ANY OF YOUR BOOKS.

What about Tony Robbins and his filthy mouth? sad sad sad!

Oprah hired her friends-BIG MISTAKE!

837 days ago
169.

tony eason    

As long as one walks with "good intentions" then one must not be concerned with the outcome of one's actions .....

Oprah, no matter what happens with the network - Please remember, "YOU ARE A GREAT ADDITION TO HUMANITY!" - http://youtu.be/jtTVQWSa18k

800 days ago
170.

Tam    

Who watches Television? The DAMN COMPUTER is EVERYWHERE!

795 days ago
171.

pat    

She should have taken the "soaps" to OWN after they were cancelled on network TV. She would have had the love of all of those that loved the soaps go to OWN. Should have.

779 days ago
172.

Greg    

Well, Oprah had the chance to get a massive ratings boost by bringing Guiding Light and As the World Turns to OWN. Each one of those two legendary dramas has ratings OWN would have died for.

Too bad she refused and decided to make talk shows for all of her friends. That idea must have been WAY more successful!

776 days ago
173.

Roger Feigenbaum    

I am SO happy that the PIG (Fat hog) OWN Network is plunging into toilet.That arrogant,fat slob deserves it.

695 days ago
174.

Parker    

This network is just boring....you can watch most of the shows on other channels...Oprah is her own commoditie and that just dont run a network..Iliana is the worst..saw Oprah backstage and watched this woman kiss oprahs butt for a job...and was surprised Oprah
fell for it...not that bright as we thought. Sweetie pie....she was sweet at first then just turned out to be a bitch! the Judd's sucked...as with Shania....how many times can u rerun an Oprah show...yes boring and it will be off the air soon

563 days ago
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