The most important problem is ratings. The show has averaged only 234,000 viewers per episode in the past month, with episodes dipping as low as 150,000 viewers. That’s baaaaad. Really bad. Bad ratings seem to be making Rosie, Cranky McCrankypants on camera and off. Gone are the days of The Queen of Nice facade that Rosie started out the filming season trying to revive. Back is menopausal Rosie who snaps on the set and seems to have lost interest in the show altogether. There is no greater indicator that Rosie is ready to leave the whole thing behind than putting her stunning Chicago home on the market resulting in an immediate sale.
So what is the real tea?
According to GoErie.com who interviewed several staffers of the show off the record, the staff only learned that Rosie wanted the show to relocate to NYC when Rosie made a comment to a guest during a commercial break. That caused a lot of ill will between the staff and Rosie. Staffers on the show have recently been told that their services will no longer be needed after this season wraps in May. Rosie has a contract through 2013. It seems more and more likely that Harpo will decide to buy out Rosie’s contract as the less expensive solution to the current situation. There is further speculation that the time has come to shut down the Chicago location of Harpo Studios altogether. In fact, Mayor Rahm Emanuel already has his eye on the studios location to build a “cultural and entertainment center.”
So that one little article in the Huffington Post has everyone convinced that The Rosie Show is moving to NYC. I say it will never happen and The Rosie Show will film its last episode in the very new future. It may even been the last filming in Harpo Studios.