WATCH: Jesse Watters on Fox News re Ivanka Trump: “I really like how she was speaking into that microphone” pic.twitter.com/HoJHLpMtq1
— Yashar (@yashar) April 26, 2017
Fox News’ Jesse Watters is in hot water after making a comment some viewers considered to be a sexual joke about Ivanka Trump.
Watters, a former fixture of the O’Reilly Factor, made the comment Tuesday night during the second episode of The Five in its new 9 p.m. time slot.
Following a discussion of Ivanka’s cold reception in Germany, in which Watters questioned the left’s respect of women, he said he “really liked the way she was speaking into that microphone.”
Watters responded to the controversy on Twitter and in a statement to Mediaite, denying that his comment had sexual implications:
On air I was referring to Ivanka’s voice and how it resonates like a smooth jazz radio DJ. This was in no way a joke about anything else.
— Jesse Watters (@jessebwatters) April 26, 2017
That did not satisfy Twitter, where Watters received bi-partisan mockery both for his original comment and explanation.
“Billy and I were just talking about how much we love smooth jazz radio DJs” pic.twitter.com/wMRMSYICB3
— Mдтт Иegяiи (@MattNegrin) April 26, 2017
So on same day Fox News mandates sensitivity training, Jesse Watters oddly praises Ivanka Trump’s technique w mic. pic.twitter.com/rhGlbMZtL6
— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) April 26, 2017
This Jesse Watters fellow seems like a charmer
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) April 26, 2017
The thing that makes Jesse Watters a true Fox star is the flair with which he joins right-wing self-pity to his demeaning smuttiness.
— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 26, 2017
Reminder that Trump granted an interview to Watters and then flew him on Air Force One https://t.co/YlANnbX0N3
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) April 26, 2017
Imagine how Fox would have covered it if an MSNBC host made that comment about Ivankahttps://t.co/r1TcPbyfqt
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) April 26, 2017
Not most surreal part of this, but close second, is pivot from saying “the left” passed up chance to be respectful https://t.co/Q0wSF1Y0pv
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 26, 2017
Didn’t you just assume that when O’Reilly left Jesse Watters would just evaporate?
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) April 26, 2017
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