01/06/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST

Rosie O'Donnell, to resume her duties at the helm of next year's Tony Awards, according to a backstage comment she made this week while taping her holiday special: "I'm going to be hosting the Tonys in 2000." The talk show star, who's boosted the Tonys' ratings in the past, was reportedly too busy this year to take on the task.

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