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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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31.

Sharon    

It's time for her to throw in the towel on the whole channel.

915 days ago
32.

janet    

Winfrey has more money than she knows what to do with. Couldn't care less if her OWN network worked or not. At the very worst it's a tax right off.

915 days ago
33.

Sandy    

I feel bad for Oprah I think she did not go in with a clear vision. Also I think it hurt that the network was not on basic cable or in all areas. How can you get ratings when not everyone can get your network or afford it.

915 days ago
34.

yellowputty    

Mistake #1 was naming it OWN.
What a poor choice in a network name.
I have a few suggestions but you will pay me for my time, you can reach me at yellowputty@hotmail.com

915 days ago
35.

Ace    

Reality TV is the only thing that will save your network.

915 days ago
36.

Catfish Cooper WIRX    

Have yet to find a home that has access to this network, must have premium package to watch = FAIL

915 days ago
37.

islgalbbi    

OWN will have a hard time making it. The only good show on OWN is Oprah's Next Chapter in which she does good detailed celebrtity interviews. I would enjoy her doing specials in this format on network tv. That would draw big ratings, gives us what we liked about Oprah, and this would save Oprah some headaches and a boatload of money.

915 days ago
38.

vern dufford    

Oprah should walk away and forget OWN network because the media has become so schizophrenic! If I were her, had her money I would get the hell out enjoy life. It was far better programing anyhow when their were only 3 networks.

Harvey take a hint I enjoy TMZ now, but their is a limit...and your about there!

DISLIKE...you made my day!

915 days ago
39.

Scotty    

It's over for Oprah. She had a fantastic staff who ran her show beautifully! She never had any style, sense, or taste of her own. She paid, via staff for good taste. And she crossed over into the psycho zone of narcissism, and started to believe she was an African Queen from the deep South of the United States!

915 days ago
40.

Gretel    

Oh jeez Oprah did you really think a cable channel would be all that? Umm no. Thank you for Dr Oz and Dr Phil, both of whom are stomach turners, and your friend Gayle is totally messing up CBS morning. I guess you aren't quite as wonderful as you thought you were.

915 days ago
41.

6one9    

In these times ``````` WHY ```````` would O even think about having her `own` tv channel?
Bitch has enough $$$$$$$$$$$
Retire and have a wonderful life ``IS `` more like it!
Oprah is pushing 60
STOP working and enjoy `` the world

915 days ago
42.

linda larsob    

No one answered the phones ? Who was going to answer ? duh ALL GONE

915 days ago
43.

your own luck    

Peter's Principle at work. Oprah has risen to the level of her incompetency. Owning and running a network is just too far over her head.

915 days ago
44.

kathye    

I think I remember Oprah saying early on, that Stedman suggested that her next step was a network of her own!

915 days ago
45.

Bodie    

Oprah, the main problem with your network is it's not in HIGH DEFINITION can you say BLURRY!!!! UNWATCHABLE!!!!!

915 days ago
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