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Elizabeth Banks Slams Page Six For "30 Rock" Story

04/21/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Elizabeth Banks is guesting on "30 Rock" as fictional CNBC "Hot Box" host Avery Jessup, and she has taken to Twitter to debunk a story from Page Six claiming the character was based on and pitched by actual host Melissa Francis.

In Friday's New York Post Page Six writes:

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.

Banks tweeted,

This is completely false. Nice "source" Page Six.

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