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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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61.

Vernon P. Alarcon    

Oprah needs to drag a sled of her personal supplies across some frozen wasteland in the snow for 50 miles and survive on her OWN (like Fergie did) to find the true purpose for her life now....or spend 40 days and nights ALONE in the desert fasting and praying. Perhaps she will find true meaning to her life!
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Harvehy Levin is a squinting gay dwarf and he's a street lawyer for the Peoples Court / a Ralph Edwards-Stu Billett Production

858 days ago
62.

sPaNkdEnALgAs    

You took a risk O & it didn't work. Its time to go back to regular TV

858 days ago
63.

The Neko Nation    

It's a great day to hear that the self promoting only is black when she thinks it's at her own advantage piece of garbage Oprah and her network are going down and losing money like crazy. She is a disgrace to any true African American.

858 days ago
64.

Seldombinlaid    

Oprah, you made it already. Multi Billionaire. Close that place down, and keep your money. You cannot make other people You. People loved your show. Your network, I don't know, you never struck me as a fool business wise. Count your losses Buddy. Keep your money. God Bless.

858 days ago
65.

Tellthetruth59    

Oprah bit the hand the fed her when she starting doing political endorsements for agnostic socialists with zero experience because of their skin color - she bit the hand that fed her. Sucks for you Oprah but you keep supporting the socialist policies of your guy in the Oval office. The public will continue not to watch and laugh at your stupidity. No matter how much you beg on Twitter.

858 days ago
66.

johnny    

Thank you, I bet the over/under at six months on Rosie's career. Sweet.

858 days ago
67.

mamar    

I have been an Oprah viewer for the past 23 yrs. and simply adored her, but the day she allowed Obama on her show and denied Palin the same, that was the day she lost my viewing and thousands of others. I am not a Palin fan in anyway, but that day she showed her true colors, hope you read this Oprah as you screwed yourself....

858 days ago
68.

Felicia    

I admit I would so watch the network if I didnt have to pay extra to get the channel. Oprah should take a hint and make it a cable type network. That way more people can watch it, more companies will want to do business

858 days ago
69.

nan    

It isnt the people around Oprah that are the problem..It is Oprah herself people are sick of.

858 days ago
70.

john    

just like howard stern she thinks her fanbase adore her so much that they feel justified in paying for something that was once free. People aren't stupid and paying money for something that was once free doesn't seem as great now that its charged for. She has maybe 1 show or something and the rest of the network is full of crap. It also doesn't help that she really isn't hands on and hasn't tried to change the formula of the network and we are stuck with dr phil and her sideshow of idiots

Its almost like she doesn't care and has already pocketed whatever she expected to get. Sucks that all those people wasted time trying to build a network that in all honesty Oprah didn't try to fix and let fail from the beginning even when the signs were there.

858 days ago
71.

commonSenseSays...    

Given the quality of programming is poor (cheating shows really O?) at best not sure the execs seem to be doing the best with what they have... who would watch Rosie anyway given her offensive nature at times on the View?

858 days ago
72.

yup    

Anyone who has seen the programming on the OWN Network knows what a sorry mess it is.

858 days ago
73.

Bloomcounty.USA    

Quite frankly Oprah blew it when she created a cable channel that isn't available with a basic or low level subscription. I'd like to be able to watch that channel, but I'm not upgrading my cable package to get it when I've already got too many channels that I don't watch as it is. Put it into a basic package deal and wha-la! Problem with viewers not showing up solved. It's not rocket science, but evidently no one thought about the demographic and whether they'd be able to tune in. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

858 days ago
74.

Sincerity    

76.

Tellthetruth59: 16 minutes ago

Oprah bit the hand the fed her when she starting doing political endorsements for agnostic socialists with zero experience because of their skin color - she bit the hand that fed her. Sucks for you Oprah but you keep supporting the socialist policies of your guy in the Oval office. The public will continue not to watch and laugh at your stupidity. No matter how much you beg on Twitter.
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@TTT59


SUNLIGHT NEVER SWEETENS "TRASH" AND YOUR POST CERTAINLY FALLS INTO THAT CATEGORY!!!


President Obama had "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING" to do with the state of the current affairs at The OWN Network. If your "RACIST", "MYOPIC" AZZ actually took the time to review some of the comments posted here on TMZ, you would have "CORRECTLY" ascertained that "MORE AFFORDABLE ACCESS VIA CABLE" and a much more "DIVERSIFIED" programming format would have CONSIDERABLY HELPED OWN's ratings. Oprah Winfrey didn't become an incredibly successful "BILLIONAIRE" and well respected "PHILANTHROPIST" OVERNIGHT. It takes FOCUS, TIME AND RESOURCES IN ADDITION TO "TRIAL & ERROR" to build "ANY" WORTHWHILE ENDEAVOR. Many people who watched Oprah's flagship show for years didn't have to pay a fee via cable to do so. In a depressed economy, cable television is considered a "LUXURY" that many people forgo in order to pay for "REAL" necessities. With a few adjustments in programming and more affordable access, The OWN Network can become quite successful. It made "ABSOLUTELY" NO ECONOMIC SENSE to continue funding the Rosie O'Donnell Show when the DEMAND SIMPLY WASN'T THERE!!! The entertainment industry NEVER GUARANTEES LIFE-LONG EMPLOYMENT!!! IT IS WHAT IT IS!!! The OWN Network maybe "DOWN" BUT IT'S CERTAINLY NOT "DEAD", YET!!! NOW YOU CAN TAKE THAT ALONG WITH YOUR "WARPED AZZ" POLITICAL VIEWPOINTS AND "SHOVE IT" WHERE THE SUN DON'T SHINE WITH MY MOST "SINCERE" BLESSINGS -- FOOL!!!

858 days ago
75.

Asessina    

Why does she have own? Because she wants more recognition from her god. MONEY.

858 days ago
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