Rosie O'Donnell spoke out on Monday about the demise of her talk show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
"The Rosie Show" was canceled on Friday after months of low ratings and several overhauls. Since then, rumors of on-set turmoil and tensions between O'Donnell and Oprah (who reportedly made the personal call to cancel the show) have surfaced.
In a video message, O'Donnell sought to dispel the rumors, saying that she was fine.
"It was fair," she said. "Listen, Oprah gave me an amazing shot at doing this. She really did. She put me back on TV. She believed in me. I didn't even know if I could do it again, truthfully. And then she said, 'I think you can,' and then I said, 'I think I can too.' And off I came here to Chicago with the best of intentions, trying, really, what I thought would be trying kind of easy for me. but it wasn't really that easy."
She said that the show had "started off the wrong way," and that, by the time she tried to change it, the writing was on the wall.
"It didn't make financial sense to continue the show at the cost because of the amount of viewers," she said. "All I want to say is thanks to all the people who watched, thanks to Oprah ... Oprah has treated me with nothing but dignity and respect from Day One."
She concluded, "it's not a nightmare. It's a good thing."
O'Donnell has said that she will be returning to New York City.