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Tonys 2008: Can Whoopi Goldberg outdo Rosie O'Donnell as host?

May 8, 2008 | 12:36 pm

First Whoopi Goldberg took over for Rosie O'Donnell as moderator of "The View." Now she's been tapped to host the Whoopi_goldberg_oscars62nd annual Tony Awards on June 15. As theater fans recall, O'Donnell was an enthusiastic supporter of Broadway and hosted the Tonys three times (1997, 1998, 2000). Goldberg — one of only 10 people to win all four big awards in show biz —has hosted the Oscars four times and the Grammys once.

Rosie O'Donnell was unabashed at using her self-titled talk show to promote her upcoming hosting gigs and drew great ratings for this theater awards show that usually touts its desirable demographic over its numbers. While Whoopi Goldberg did make the announcement on today's installment of "The View," it is unclear how much time she will get to tout the Tony Awards in between Barbara Walters hawking her new memoir.

All we ask of Whoopi, who picked up two Emmy nods for hosting the Oscars, is that she not try to sing for her supper. While Rosie may have won an Emmy Award for producing the 1998 Tonycast, she did not get even an Emmy nom for individual achievement. To see why, watch and wince as Rosie hits all the wrong notes in this medley with Tony winners Patti Lupone, Betty Buckley and Jennifer Holliday. At least one of those divas (Patti) will be back this year.


(Photos: ABC)