Rosie to kid around in Nick nods host gig

'Shrek,' 'Friends' lead noms

HOLLYWOOD — Rosie O’Donnell will return for her sixth headlining gig at the 15th “Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards” April 20.

O’Donnell will likely continue her “Kids Choice” hosting stint, even as she leaves her talkshow this May.

Final decisions on who’ll lead “Kids Choice” — airing live from Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar — are done on a year-to-year basis. But a Nick spokesman said the cabler should “continue to have an ongoing relationship with Rosie” after this season, since she is a “longtime friend of Nick.”

“We’re delighted that Rosie is back to lead the charge with her kid-friendly brand of fun and humor,” said Albie Hecht, “Kids Choice” showrunner and prexy of film and TV entertainment for Nick, TV Land and TNN.

This year’s kiddie favorites mirror what most of the country seems to like, with B.O. hit “Shrek” and still-popular “Friends” leading the nominations. “Shrek” is up for five awards, including best movie and book. “Friends,” garnering 4 noms, will battle it out in the TV show, TV actor (Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry) and TV actress (Jennifer Aniston) categories.

Other nominees include “Dr. Dolittle 2,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Rush Hour 2” for pic; “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Lizzie McGuire” and “7th Heaven” for TV series; and the Backstreet Boys, Destiny’s Child, Dream and ‘N Sync for singing group.

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