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Avery Jessup(s) On the ‘Fox and Friends’ Couch

We have written before how the “30 Rock” character Avery Jessup (played by actress Elizabeth Banks) may be based on Fox Business (and former CNBC) correspondent Melissa Francis. Well, the two worlds collided recently, with both Banks and Francis spending time on the “Fox & Friends” couch (albeit on different days).

Francis was on to talk about jobless claims, while Banks was on to promote her new movie “People Like Us.”

Brian Kilmeade Doesn’t Want To Be The Third Wheel

On “Fox & Friends” this week, Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis was filling in for Gretchen Carlson, and was excited by the control-room produced applause. This caused Steve Doocy to get up close and personal with Francis, resulting in Brian Kilmeade to comment

“I know when this should become a two-person show and I feel like a third wheel…”

Melissa Francis Wants You to Disagree with Her

Melissa Francis started a new segment on her FBN show this week, called Disagree with Me perhaps inspired by this Rep. Barney Frank a few weeks ago in which he did. Francis talked about that and her early days on TV as a child actor on “Little House on the Prairie,” on “The Insider” last night.

Melissa Francis ‘Jumped at the Chance’ to Join FBN

Fox Business Network’s newest primetime anchor, Melissa Francis, is interviewed this week by Boston.com’s Culture Club. She talks about her first job out of college, her recent on-air dust-up with Barney Frank and the difference between Fox Business and CNBC:

You recently left CNBC for Fox Business Network, and you’re now hosting a new show. How do the two workplaces differ?

Roger Ailes [Chairman and CEO of Fox News] just told me about his vision for the network, and it was so exciting that I just jumped at the chance to move.  I think that Fox is a lot broader. CNBC caters to day traders who are trading stocks from home, and Fox has more politics and more Main Street implications.

But I loved CNBC. I was there for nine years and still have a lot of friends there. I also love Fox and am having a fantastic time.

Rep. Barney Frank Claims Bias in Fox Biz Interview

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) went on Melissa Francis‘s Fox Business show last night talking about the economy and jobs. “If you look at where we are with the unemployment rate at 8.2% it has ticked higher,” said Francis. “The GDP number of below 2% is not great…”

“I understand the Fox perspective here,” said Frank. “No. Those are numbers!” responded Francis.


Why Melissa Francis Won’t Ever Buy Suede Boots

There’s probably more than 25 things you don’t know about Melissa Francis. Still, “UsWeekly” found at least “25 Things You Don’t Know about…” the FBN anchor.

#25 is what drives her nuts:

25. It drives me nuts when people make emotional arguments ignoring the cold hard facts. That’s why I’m launching my new show, “Money with Melissa Francis,” where you get the real story about your money.

Also…

4. I have the ugliest feet in the world. You’ll never see them.

and…

23. I can’t touch suede. It gives me the chills for some strange reason.

‘Money with Melissa Francis’ Debuts Monday on Fox Business

Melissa Francis, who joined Fox Business Network from CNBC in December, launches her new show Monday. “Money with Melissa Francis” debuts Monday at 5pmET. Francis will continue as co-anchor of FBN’s “Markets Now” at 1pmET alongside Lori Rothman.

The addition of Francis’s show at 5pm means a shift for two other shows. “The Willis Report” with Gerri Willis moves to 6pmET and Neil Cavuto‘s “Cavuto” takes over the 8pmET time slot. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” remains at 7pmET.

Fox Business says Francis and her guests will “discuss and debate key issues facing business in America and examine their impact on the economy.”

Melissa Francis Writing Her Memoir

TVGuide’s Stephen Battaglio chats with FBN’s Melissa Francis whose penning a memoir due out later this year. Francis, who went from child star, to Harvard, to business network anchor, gets praise from a former boss:

“She has a playful yet inquisitive edge to her that makes her different than the die-cast cable anchors,” says “Piers Morgan Tonight” executive producer Jonathan Wald, who worked with Francis at CNBC.

A Kiss Before Flying. Jane Velez-Mitchell Has No ‘Issues’ at NLGJA Fundraiser

Actual news got in the way of last night’s annual New York fundraiser for the journalism group NLGJA. Soledad O’Brien, who was to co-host with her HLN colleague Jane Velez-Mitchell, couldn’t as she moderated CNN’s Trayvon Martin town hall which airs tonight.

Don Lemon jetted up from Atlanta to co-host with Velez-Mitchell, who mixed and mingled before making a beeline for Time Warner Center herself to participate in the town hall.

Velez-Mitchell made the biggest splash of the night when, during her welcome remarks to the crowd, she pulled her girlfriend on stage and planted a big kiss on her. “I won’t be doing that!” Lemon joked. “Ben doesn’t like that kind of thing,” he said glancing over to his partner, Ben Tinker, who is a producer in CNN’s medical unit.

CNN managing editor Mark Whitaker talked about his network’s commitment to diversity in the ranks and on the air. CNN was the lead sponsor for the event which was held at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams showroom in SoHo.

Also spotted in the crowd: NBC News VP Alex Wallace, former “Today” show co-anchor Meredith Vieira, “CBS This Morning” co-host Erica Hill, MSNBC’s Willie Geist, former MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer and Fox News meteorologist Rick Reichmuth.

We chatted with FBN’s Gerri Willis who told us she has a new appreciation for the work of the Supreme Court after anchoring her show from Washington during oral arguments on the health care law. We also caught up with Fox News’s Alisyn Camerota and new Fox News political analyst Sally Kohn, who is settling in to her role as progressive pundit both on air and online, which

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Melissa Francis Talks ‘Avery Jessup’

This morning Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis guest-hosted “Fox & Friends,” filling in for Gretchen Carlson. Among the stories covered, “Is living longer always better?”


Francis also spoke to the Detroit News, where she was asked about that longstanding rumor that the character of “Avery Jessup” on the NBC sitcom “30 Rock” is based on her:

I’m flattered. The funny thing is, I was supposed to go to North Korea for a story five years ago but couldn’t go because I was pregnant with my first child. When I was at CNBC, we all wanted to be on “30 Rock.” Like everybody else, I was constantly angling to get on the show. I wanted to be Jack’s love interest but I can see why they went with a professional actress.

As we’ve reported in the past, the character could also be based on financial journalist Jennifer Rogers who is married to “30 Rock” Executive Producer Robert Carlock.

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