Fox News' Melissa Francis Off the Air Since Filing Gender-Pay Complaint

Francis has been off Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network since Oct. 7

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Melissa Francis has been off the air at Fox News and Fox Business since Oct. 7, and it is unclear when — or even if — she will return to either network.

In a statement, Fox News Media said, “Fox News Media regularly considers programming changes, including to its daytime lineup, and will launch new formats as appropriate after the election. These changes are being made independent of any other ongoing matter.”

A spokesperson also told TheWrap that Francis was not fired, despite a Thursday report that she was.

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Francis, who co-hosts Fox News’ “Outnumbered” and joined Fox Business Network in 2012, recently filed a gender-based pay discrimination claim against the company. She has, per the report, been working there without a contract for a year. The Los Angeles Times reported that a person close to Francis said she was fired.

A Fox News spokesperson did not directly dispute anything in the Times report, only offering that she had not been fired. Fox News would not comment further on the host’s future or the situation. TheWrap could find no evidence of any claim being filed outside of Fox News.

Beyond not appearing on her usual shows within the Fox News Media ecosystem, Francis also hasn’t been active on social media in a few days. Her most recent tweet, from Oct. 18, says, “Trump will win. I’m not advocating, I’m telling you to mentally prepare. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

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