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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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121.

Someone's goldfish    

Oprah should have focused on developing a different show or specials. OWN features shows that are similar to what's already on TV. It doesn't offer programming that is unique or special. People aren't going to pay extra to get the channel.

891 days ago
122.

Chuck D of Valpo    

More news, weather, and sports. And maybe that old Indian test pattern for about 23 hours.

891 days ago
123.

Kelly    

I don't understand why OWN was structured in the first place in a manner that required to be a hit immediately. They seriously weren't prepared to operate at losses for more than a year? Secondly, why is Oprah being so resistant to her on-camera presence being the cornerstone of OWN? Lastly, where the hell is Discovery's $250M investment? What did they do aside from branding?

891 days ago
124.

gale    

She jumps to premium cable/satellite- it was over. I was a follower until it was big bucks. And alas, I just dumped Dish and have to say it's a nice world with just an antenna!!

891 days ago
125.

American Mom    

Oprah, how about chucking your network and use your billions to save daytime soaps. Then you and Katie couric won't be ONLY remembered as the woman who ended the American Soaps that have been on longer than you.

891 days ago
126.

bunny    

They can't call you back if there's nobody there.

891 days ago
127.

Drey    

Seriously, I've clicked past her channel and I stopped for a few minutes to watch. But, she doesn't have a channel in HD on DirecTV. If you don't have HD, I just don't watch. You have more money than God, Oprah.....buy an HD transmitter for pete's sake!!

890 days ago
128.

KAREN    

See you should have picked up All My Children and One Life To Live. Never to late to try and pull the soaps back together. I miss them both.

890 days ago
129.

el guapo     

BLAAAAAHAHAHAH hahahahaha finally getting her come upins for all that PC liberal male emasculation ha ha ha don't forget folks she is also guilty/responsible for Dr Phil and for mind programming the American public into voting in that TRAIN WRECK poor excuse for a dignitary of state some have the gull to call our US Prez ha ha ha ha ha good riddance to both Dear Oprah please please please go away,stay way and don't even think of coming back ya commie liberal !

890 days ago
130.

JOHN     

Mazor: 15 hours ago
Oprah is a sociopath. You have to be an idiot to enjoy anything she does. . I`M SPEECHLESS DUDE MUST HAVE ESP!

890 days ago
131.

harv    

Well if she put shows on that people wanted to see that would be a plus. Also she needs to feature more black oriented shows. Who ever heard of a black person running there own network, that has no black programs. She always leaves out the black folks, to favor her white audience & since most of the white folks have left, you need to cater to your own people for a change. Even when she was on tv- she hardly ever featured topics that interested black folks. It was all white stars, besides Will Smith, Chris Rock and a few select others.

890 days ago
132.

Kelly    

All of those claiming that poor people don't have enough money for cable - I'm calling B.S. Cable TV is one of the things that poor people will pony up for. It's looking after themselves and their kids properly, and paying the mortgage that can wait. But the cable will be on even there's no gas or electric.

890 days ago
133.

blackstarafro    

look you have to make your network available to people. you can't make it like HBO.

890 days ago
134.

Metalgerm    

OMG, Did Eric Logan get fired???

890 days ago
135.

Kimberly    

the EGO is imploding!!! Hope she takes "doctor" (joke) Phil with her.

890 days ago
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