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Rosie will be back again to host Tonys

The comedian Rosie O'Donnell, who was host of the Tony Awards ceremony last year and helped land the broadcast its biggest audience in a decade, has agreed to be the host of this year's awards ceremony, on June 7.

O'Donnell, a lifelong and adoring fan of Broadway, has used her syndicated hit talk show to develop interest in Broadway and particularly in musical theater.Last year she was credited with breathing new life into the floundering Tony Awards event by promoting it on her show every day for weeks and bringing in celebrity presenters likely to draw her television audience.

Some 29 million people watched at least part of the awards show, up 48 percent from the previous year. Some of the interest was attributed to the fact that the ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall.

Keith Sherman, a spokesman for the awards, said organizers hoped to use Radio City again but that discussions were continuing and nothing had been confirmed.