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Report: ‘Rosie Show’ trims 30 employees, moves to smaller Chicago studio

Rosie O'Donnell | AP

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Updated: March 5, 2012 8:09AM

The ratings-challenged “Rosie Show” has let go of as many as 30 employees and contract workers in recent weeks, Crain’s Chicago Business reported Friday.

Staff isn’t the only thing getting pared back at the Oprah Winfrey Network talker, produced in Chicago at Harpo Studios and helmed by comedian Rosie O’Donnell.

Last month, the program moved out of Oprah’s spacious former studio and started taping in a smaller, more intimate space reminiscent of a living room. Parts of “The Rosie Show” have been axed, such as the game show segment and having a band perform on the set. The show has begun taping more one-on-one conversations without an audience, Crain’s reported.

The struggling cable network recently hired Emmy-winning producer Shane Farley, who collaborated with O’Donnell on her former talk show. Farley takes the place of Page Hurwitz as executive producer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Like the network itself, “The Rosie Show” has struggled to capture a sizeable audience. Shortly after the program’s October debut, viewer numbers have hovered around 200,000.

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