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Rosie: ‘No More’ Variety Shows

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    “Rosie Live” is unlikely to live on, Rosie O’Donnell revealed on Saturday.

    “There will b no more,” she wrote on her Web site. “No ratings, bad reviews. Yet still — a thrill 4 me.”

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    Her Wednesday night variety show earned a mere 5 million viewers, according to Entertainment Weekly. By contrast, her former “The View” co-host Barbara Walters scored a reported 11.7 million viewers for her sit-down with President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, later that evening.

    Responding to fans’ questions on her site, Rosie admitted the show had had problems.

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    “I was going for a rich, theater-like look,” she wrote. “But many have said it was too dark. I get it.

    “It was only a pilot,” she continued. “The live part wasn’t a plus.”

    But with other similar efforts on the way from Ellen DeGeneres, the Osbournes and a rumored project from pop musician John Mayer, she said her take on the variety show won’t be the last.

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    “Many people r gonna try a variety show,” she wrote. “One will work.”

    She may find out sooner rather than later — Ellen’s show, “Ellen’s Even Bigger Really Big Show” airs on Saturday night on TBS.

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