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CNBC anchor basis for '30 Rock' love interest

Last Updated: 9:22 AM, March 18, 2010

Posted: 12:27 AM, February 18, 2010

Comments: 13

Avery Jessup, the new love interest of Alec Baldwin's "30 Rock" character played by Elizabeth Banks, is based on a real person. A source close to the show said that Jessup, who hosts a fictional CNBC show called "Hot Box," was inspired by real-life CNBC anchor Melissa Francis. Our source said that Francis herself, who hosts morning show "The Call," pitched the idea to a "30 Rock" producer. "Francis was hoping to be asked to play the character herself, but they ended up going with Banks," our source says.

Melissa Francis
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    02/19/2010 3:14 PM

    Liz Banks tweet: "This is completely false. Nice "source" Page Six.

    Oh snap!

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    02/19/2010 3:00 PM

    Elizabeth Banks herself tweeted that this is completely false. Any comment, New York Post?

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    02/18/2010 9:16 PM

    This is either a really FUGLY publicity shot of this woman or she has the same freaky eyes as the guinea pig from Adam Sandler's "Bedtime Stories" movie that came out last year. YEECH!

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    02/18/2010 2:10 PM

    So, I understand Alec Baldwin's role is based on Ted Baxter.

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    ne yanksfan

    02/18/2010 1:00 PM

    Believe it or not, Melissa starred in "Little House on the Prairie" on TV as a child.

    Look it up.

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    02/18/2010 12:49 PM

    Shes Hotttt

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    Indy Girl

    02/18/2010 12:30 PM

    No wonder – her face is atrocious! It's like a cartoon; are we sure this person wasn't born a man? He/she has some MAJOR bug eyes. Yuck.

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