FOX News announced on Monday that Jesse Watters is getting his own talk show on a primetime slot starting January 24, 2022.
Watters was previously known for his controversial opinions on his Saturday night talk show, The Five.
What is Jesse Watters' new show?
Jesse Watters is taking over the 7pm time slot on Fox News after the station tried out a number of possible hosts for a new show.
After much consideration, Fox News chose Watters to be the face of the new show, to be named Jesse Watters Primetime.
The CEO of Fox News Media, Suzanne Scott, said in a statement, "Jesse’s versatility and hosting acumen has grown exponentially over the last five years, and he has developed a deep connection to the audience through two hit shows The Five and Watters’ World."
Watters said he's looking forward to the new show and in a statement, he said, "I’m thrilled to take on this new challenge and am grateful for the opportunity."
Although Watters will no longer play a role on Watters World, he will continue to co-host the round-table talk show, The Five.
What else has Jesse Watters done on Fox News?
Watters got his start with Fox News in 2002 on Bill O'Reilly's show, The O’Reilly Factor, as a production assistant.
He conducted on-site interviews on topics ranging from pop culture to politics, but he was ultimately given his own program in 2017, Watters World, and joined The Five only months later.
The announcement of his new show comes mere weeks after Dr. Anthony Fauci called for Watters to be fired for allegedly urging attendees at a conservative conference to conduct ambush interviews at Fauci.
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"Now you go in for the kill shot," Watters said at the conference. "The kill shot? With an ambush? Deadly. Because he doesn't see it coming."
He added, “This is when you say: ‘Dr Fauci, you funded risky research at a sloppy Chinese lab, the same lab that sprung this pandemic on the world. You know why people don’t trust you, don’t you?’
“Boom, he is dead! He is dead! He’s done!”
Fox News said the comment was taken out of context and voiced their support for Watters.
“Based on watching the full clip and reading the entire transcript, it’s more than clear that Jesse Watters was using a metaphor for asking hard-hitting questions to Dr Fauci about gain-of-function research and his words have been twisted completely out of context," Fox News said in a statement on Monday.
This is not the first time Watters has made controversial comments. In a segment on the Bill O'Reilly Show in 2016, Watters visited Chinatown in New York City where he asked locals if he should bow to them before he went to a martial arts studio and played with nunchucks.
The song Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas played in the background, and the video was interspersed with scenes of Mr. Miyagi from the 80s film, The Karate Kid.
Then-Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “The vile, racist behavior of Fox’s Jesse Watters in Chinatown has no place in our city."
Watters responded on Twitter and said, “My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offense.”
All controversy aside, Watters has become the face of Fox News and his platform on the station has continued to grow.
When the station announced Watters' new position on Jesse Watters Primetime, Scott said he was brought on to the primetime slot because of his "deep connection to the audience."
"We look forward to watching him expand his connection even further through this new solo weeknight hour," she said.
How can I watch Jesse Watters' talk show?
Jesse Watters Primetime will premiere on January 24, 2022, at 7pm on Fox News.
Viewers can continue to watch Watters' show every evening at 7pm on the Fox News channel or the Fox News streaming service.
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