Oprah Winfrey Fired 10 People from OWN

March 19, 2012 By:
Oprah Winfrey Fired 10 People from OWN

While everyone is still reeling from Oprah canceling Rosie O'Donnell's show, because I know we all watched and loved that show, TMZ has learned that Oprah has fired 10 staffers from the Oprah Winfrey Network today.

Two of those fired were high-level execs including the creative services department, integrated marketing and promo scheduling.

Basically, it wasn't like she fired the doorman and the guy who goes on Starbucks runs. Oprah was axing all her high-level employees and most of them had years of experience in the industry.

OWN has been struggling with low-ratings, so maybe Oprah is trying to clean house and start fresh?

But really, who knew Oprah was so ruthless? I hope she gave them a really good parting gift, or at least invited them to join her book club?

In related news, Radaronline.com is reporting that Oprah and Rosie are not speaking since Oprah canned Rosie's show.

Rosie and Oprah went back and forth writing the press release that announced the show cancellation making sure that the wording was just right etc, but apparently Rosie's team was taking too long and making too many adjustments to the release that Oprah finally took charge and said, I'm the boss and we're telling everyone you're cancelled. Obviously, I'm paraphrasing here.

So then Rosie got pissed and now refuses to speak to Oprah.

So then Oprah was like, if you have a problem with me, you can call me directly. Again, paraphrasing here, but Rosie didn't call Oprah about it at all, “She was having her people do all the dirty work for her,” said a source.