Emanuel: 'Disappointed' about Rosie show leaving West Side

Tribune reporter

Rosie O'Donnell's reported decision to move her talk show to New York is disappointing, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today, but added he will focus on ways to keep the West Side neighborhood where the show now tapes a cultural destination.

O'Donnell put her Chicago home on the market, but has not made an official announcement about her plans for the show.

The Huffington Post has reported she plans to move the production from Harpo Studios on the Near West Side to New York.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was with Emanuel at an unrelated new conference when Emanuel addressed the situation today.

"While I'm disappointed about Rosie moving to New York -- Mayor Bloomberg's success for New York in that sense -- for Chicago, we have an investment for the West Side based on health care and culture," Emanuel said.

He talked about recent announcements about a health care-based curriculum at Malcolm X College, which has its campus not far from Harpo Studios, where The Oprah Winfrey Show once taped before O'Donnell took over last October.

"We will continue to make other investments on the West Side as it relates to our culture and entertainment, and sustain that part of our economic engine for the West Side," Emanuel said.

He did not offer specifics, and said he did not know of any immediate plan for a new show to tape at Harpo.


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