No More Live Audiences For "Rosie Show"

The show removed many of its elements to focus on one-on-one interviews

By Glenn Marshall
|  Friday, Feb 10, 2012  |  Updated 1:26 PM CDT
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No More Live Audiences For "Rosie Show"

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Are weeds growing in the garden of "The Rosie Show"?

Rosie O'Donnell will stop taping her Chicago-based talk show in front of a live audience, according to Crain's Chicago Business. The comedian also recently moved her show from Oprah Winfrey's former Harpo Studios into a smaller studio for a more intimate setting, resulting in almost 30 employees losing their jobs.

The show removed many of its elements to focus on one-on-one interviews. O'Donnell recently discussed the change with viewers, explaining why interviews suit her current experience as a host more than a live audience.

"When I did my old show I was 33, maybe 34, and I had just come off of 15 years of doing stand-up," O'Donnell said during a recent show. "I'm out of practice, and it also doesn't feel real for who I am today." 

"I don't want to perform or present," she said. "I just want to talk."

And talk she will. O'Donnell recently interviewed Patti Blagojevich, the wife of ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. It was Patti Blagojevich's first sit-down interview since her husband was sentenced.

For those who still want to be a part of an audience at Harpo Studios can attend a taping of a show hosted by "relationship expert" Iyanla Vanzant, Crain's reports. 

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