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Cody Willard Leaving FBN

codywillard_6-7.jpg On a blog post at FoxBusiness.com, former “Happy Hour” co-host Cody Willard confirms that with his show canceled, he is packing up his office and leaving the network… mostly.

“Happy Hour” has been an unbelievable opportunity and experience… a dream job in many ways. But as “Happy Hour” comes to an end, so too has this chapter of my time at FBN come to an end.

As of today, I’m closing up my office here entirely. I’ll be in and around NYC and running my businesses, writing, investing and what not and will be happy to come on FBN or FNC as a panelist/guest/whatever. I’ll be seeing you guys around.

Willard also recalls his favorite and least favorite moments from his time with the channel, including his bet with Donald Trump Jr and his appearance on “The Jay Leno Show.”

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‘Willis Report’ to Replace ‘Happy Hour’

willis_5-26.jpgGerri Willis is indeed getting her own show that will replace the recently canceled “Happy Hour” on Fox Business Network.

It’s now confirmed that “The Willis Report” will begin airing Monday June 7th. Willis joined FBN earlier this year and, at the time, the network announced that Willis would host a “primetime weekend program” by that name that would “make its debut in the second quarter of this year.”

When news broke Friday that the 5pmET “Happy Hour” — which broadcast from the bar at the Waldof-Astoria — was being removed from the FBN line-up, TVNewser had heard that Willis would anchor a program in that time slot.

Still no word on what will happen exactly to “Happy Hour” hosts Eric Bolling, Rebecca Diamond and Cody Willard.

FBN’s ‘Happy Hour’ Canceled?

happyhour_5-21.jpgTVNewser hears from multiple sources at Fox Business Network that “Happy Hour,” FBN’s 5pmET show hosted by Rebecca Diamond, Cody Willard, and Eric Bolling, has been canceled and will be ending in two weeks.

The show, which launched in October of 2007, is broadcast live weekdays from the Bull & Bear pub at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan.

Update: Fox Business has confirmed the cancellation.

More: An FBN tipster tells TVNewser much of the technical crew has been let go with about two dozen jobs affected. We also hear Gerri Willis, who was brought over from CNN in March, could potentially be named the new 5pm host, but nothing official.

Update: A network spokesperson tells Mediaite that the number of affected positions is “seven project-based employees (who were not considered regular full time staff of the network).”

Maria Bartiromo Appears in ‘Wall Street 2′ Trailer

The full trailer for Oliver Stone‘s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” was just released and CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo makes a quick appearance delivering a “CNBC Exclusive” about Gordon Gekko. Check it out:

Interesting to see the CNBC exposure in a film distributed by 20th Century Fox. A while back, the script supposedly leaked and we heard Fox Business Network’s Cody Willard was in the first five pages.

Crossover Week on the Morning Shows

This morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” FBN’s Cody Willard was on to talk about financial resolutions for 2010. The segment was anchored by ABC’s Bianna Golodryga who cut her teeth at CNBC.

Brian_12.31.jpgAnd yesterday, on the CBS “Early Show,” former NBC News “Today” show senior producer Brian Balthazar, who’s now director of programming for HGTV, was on to talk about “Fameballs,” defined by Balthazar (who does stand-up comedy on the side) as “Someone whose fame snowballs, sometimes for legitimate reasons and sometimes because the media coverage causes it to explode and the American public becomes sick of them.” ie. Jon Gosselin.

Newser Tweets of the Week

A random selection of our favorite newser tweets we stumbled across this week. T.J. Holmes wins.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell1):

I just got offered to shoot a turkey that was in a driveway here in Wisconsin with a BB gun. I passed. Early T-Giving present.

ABC’s John Berman (@abcdude):

On board US Air with Captain Sully in the cockpit! Even with a hero flying…middle seats suck.

NBC’s Ann Curry on Cal’s loss last week (@AnnCurry):

Never underestimate an underdog. Proud of you Oregon.

FBN’s Cody Willard (@codywillard):

Lynyrd Skynyrd last nite in tiny venue in NYC. Too loud. And disappointing too. Did get to yellout “Free Bird” tho. http://bit.ly/17GmvZ

NBC’s Al Roker (@alroker)

I am at my dentist putting his kids through college.

FNC’s Steve Doocy (@sdoocy):

Going to paint the new kitchen ceiling,today. Think I should surprise my wife Kathy with barn red? This could be my last Tweet…

CNN’s T.J. Holmes (@tjholmescnn):

OK … That was the worst twitter typo I’ve ever had. My bad. Hope you all can forgive and understand.

15 minutes earlier:

Can’t get that Miley Cyrus song out of my head! Though it’s driving my nuts, I gotta hand it to her for making such a catchy tune!

Covering Comcast/NBCU

WilliamsComcast_10.1.jpgWhile most of the TV news coverage on the Comcast/NBCU deal was reported on CNBC, Fox Business mentioned it throughout the day as well, including on “Happy Hour” with Cody Willard asking, “Why does an industrial company want to own a broadcast network and a bunch of news stations at all to begin with? At least News Corp. is a news and broadcast organization with Fox and stuff. GE get back to business.”

NBC Nightly News was the only big 3 broadcaster to mention the story. “The company we work for was in the news tonight,” said Brian Williams. “There are multiple reports our longtime parent company, General Electric is in talks with Comcast to merge NBC Universal and Comcast cable networks into a separate company, 51% of which would be owned by Comcast. Corporate officials at GE and Comcast declined to comment.”

And Jay Leno had his own take tonight: “The big cable system operator, Comcast, is now in talks with GE to buy NBC. Gee, I thought that cash for clunkers program was over.”

The Ticker: Chris Cuomo, Cody Willard, Logo TV

> GMA host Chris Cuomo announced today that his wife is pregnant with their third child. Congratulations, Chris!

> Apparently, the script for Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” sequel, “Money Never Sleeps,” has leaked online and Fox Business Network’s Cody Willard appears in the first five pages.

> Thursday evening will be the final broadcast for “CBS News on Logo,” one of the only LGBT-specific news broadcasts on television. It launched in 2005 and was canceled in part due to the recent economic downturn.

> Ticker bonus! Guess which control room the photo of this book came from.
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Cody Willard’s Life Not Unlike His Job: Pretty Great

cody_willard.jpgFox Business Network’s Cody Willard is not just a guy who talks finance in a bar on TV. He also does it in real life. Original TVNewser Brian Stelter profiles “Happy Hour” host Willard’s barhopping with his finance pals in the NYTimes Sunday Styles section:

His evenings on the town with friends like James Altucher, a hedge fund manager and author, and Paul Boni, an executive at a research corporation, can easily resemble segments on “Happy Hour.” First there are predictions about stocks going up or down, followed by good-natured arguments about stimulus spending.

A typical Willard line: “I’m sick to death of the government punishing me for following the rules.” Another: “I hate the Republicans as much as I hate the Democrats.”

The three of them know one another’s market histories the way other friends know one another’s dating records.

It’s not bad being Cody Willard right now. In addition to being in a rock band, apparently spending lots of time in bars, and having quite the head of hair, Willard and his co-hosts often get to leave the regular “Happy Hour” home in the Waldorf-Astoria for fun locales like Miami, the Hamptons, and most recently, Yankee Stadium.

Happy Hour Friday at Yankee Stadium

new_yankee_stadium.jpgFox Business Network’s “Happy Hour” will be broadcasting live from Yankee Stadium today (5-6pmET). “Happy Hour” hosts Cody Willard, Rebecca Diamond, and Eric Bolling are going to be in the Hard Rock Bar talking about “how to make money and save money, while still being able to afford to take the family to a ballgame.” (At the New Yankee Stadium?! Does it involve a second mortgage?)

Among other guests, legendary Yankee Reggie Jackson will appear as well as Yankees President Randy Levine.

“Happy Hour” has been known for leaving its usual digs in the Bull & Bear bar at the Waldorf Astoria for live shows from other locations including the Hamptons, Miami Beach for spring break, and Glendale, AZ for Super Bowl XLII.

>Update: It’ll be a weekend of baseball for Bolling. He Tweets this morning:

I am throwing out the first pitch @ STL Cards Sun… same mound as B. Obama last Tue. I’ll try to bring some heat. He threw like a girl ; )

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