Ted Koppel's a no-go for ABC's "This Week."
The former "Nightline" host's name had been discussed as a potential replacement for George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Sunday morning program, but Broadcasting & Cable's Marisa Guthrie reports that any talks between Koppel and the network are off.
One reason: ABC News believes Koppel himself was behind rumors that he'd be joining the program!
Sources say that ABC News President David Westin believed Koppel's camp had leaked reports of the talks. Westin was overheard complaining that it was a pattern that had made negotiations with Koppel difficult in 2005 when ABC News was in talks with him about re-formatting Nightline, the program he founded as a nightly update on the Iran hostage crisis.
Two weeks ago, Politico reported that ABC had offered Koppel the job hosting "This Week" three times a month, but ABC denied that report.