Is Ellen the new Koppel?


By Garrett 

EllenDeGeneres.jpgPage Six today offers one of those seemingly far-fetched ideas: That Ellen Degeneres might replace Ted Koppel‘s Nightline.

“A network insider tells PAGE SIX that ABC has not abandoned the idea of hiring a host who could square off against Jay Leno and David Letterman in the late-night ratings war–and has indeed reached out to the popular DeGeneres, who recently signed a six-year deal to continue her Emmy-winning daytime chatfest.”

The talks, which aren’t given a date in the NY Post, are news to a lot of people at ABC, that’s for sure. An ABC spokesman said that “Nightline” is staying right where it is–but could Page Six be half-right? Could Ellen replace Ted as host? It would certainly lend the show a different aura…