Tryouts? Moran, Tapper Tapped to Guest-Host ‘This Week’

ABC casts two fill-ins for Stephanoupolous

Last Updated: December 21, 2009 @ 2:11 PM

Despite the network’s protests, there’s been some recent speculation that ABC News is looking to replace George Stephanoupolous on “This Week,” following his move to “Good Morning America” – and this is going to do nothing but fuel it.

Two of ABC’s top political reporters — Jake Tapper and Terry Moran – have been tapped to guest host the next two episodes of “This Week,” Politico reports.

ABC insists that this is merely a planned vacation for Stephanoupolous and not a tryout for the pair, both of whom, it should be noted, have easier-to-spell last names than George. But that’s what the network said when Stephanoupolous filled in for Diane Sawyer a few weeks ago.

Tapper is a senior White House correspondent for ABC News, and one prolific Tweeter.

Moran is the co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline,” also on Twitter.

It was Moran, you’ll recall, whose tweeting of an off-the-record comment by President Obama about Kanye West’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (“jackass”) started a mini-media firestorm.

Note: Sawyer’s first night behind the “Nightly News” desk is tonight – tune in and/or follow our live-blog.