“Wouldn’t You Move Nightline Out of the Way?”

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By Chris Ariens Comments

The NYPost’s Adam Buckman weighs in on the what-if-Leno-goes-to-ABC scenario, and what might become of the network’s late night lineup.

But what of “Nightline” and Jimmy Kimmel, you ask? They will have to get out of the way. And it won’t matter to the higher-ups at Disney if the news-division suits get their noses out of joint over losing their half- hour in late-night after 29 years.

Nothing against “Nightline” — it’s a fine show, better and livelier these days than it was in the last years of the Ted Koppel era.

But Leno’s “Tonight Show” made hundreds of millions of dollars for NBC and stands to do the same for ABC. Moreover, Leno, 58 and still good to go for years to come, is the top-rated personality in late-night TV. If he was available, along with all that money, wouldn’t you move “Nightline” out of the way?