Just six months after joining Fox News, former Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia (now rebranded as NBC Sports Philadelphia) host Jillian Mele is getting her own show.
Starting Oct. 9, Mele — who joined Fox in April, as a news anchor on President Trump’s favorite show, Fox & Friends — will co-host the 5 a.m. hour of a new two-hour edition of Fox & Friends First that will air weekdays from 4 to 6 a.m.
The former Breakfast on Broad host will be joined at the desk by weekend anchor Rob Schmitt.
The new 4 a.m. hour of Fox & Friends First will be hosted by Heather Childers, who has co-hosted the 5 a.m. hour for nearly five years. Once the network launches its new Fox News @ Night program at the end of the month, Fox News will have live weekday programming for 20 hours a day.
Mele will also continue to provide news updates for Fox & Friends from 6 to 9 a.m., where her segments have appeared numerous times in Trump’s Twitter feed, which has over 40 million followers. She’s also been able to rub elbows with members of the first family.
— Jillian Mele (@jillianmele) June 12, 2017
Mele’s tenure at Fox hasn’t been completely free of controversy. In July, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy was forced to correct a report from Mele that fired FBI Director James Comey’s personal memos detailing meetings with Trump contained “top secret information.”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 11, 2017
Prior joining Fox News, Mele spent two years co-hosting Breakfast on Broad, where she won an Emmy Award before the show was canceled in February. Prior to that, she spent seven years at NBC10, where she worked as a news reporter, sports anchor, and traffic reporter.