Fox News has announced their new permanent host for the 7 PM slot – Jesse Watters. This decision was taken after trying out several right-wing hosts in the slot since Martha McCullum was dropped soon after the 2020 elections.
Martha McCullum hosted a relatively “straight” news show, but since Trump’s loss in the elections, Fox News is inclined more toward the right than ever before.
The decision to move Jesse Watters to this primetime slot comes after the departure of Fox News’s senior-most “straight” journalist, Mr. Chris Wallace. He had been with the network for the past 18 years, yet he switched over to CNN as a clash with the management ensued.
Chris Wallace had voiced his concerns to the management regarding Tucker Carlson’s ‘Patriot Purge’ – a documentary that portrayed the events of Jan. 6th inaccurately.
Chris Wallace had served to promote a balance in the opinions that air daily through the Fox News network. On a channel that has the most right-wing hosts, Chris Wallace presented a different point of view, a more centric one.
It is interesting to note that Fox News remains the most-watched TV Channel in the US. It has a strong viewer base of 1.3 million on average and a 2.4 million viewership in the slots 8-11 PM, when Sean Hannity, Carlson, and Laura Ingraham take the helm.
Will Jesse Watters Continue Doing His Other Shows?
According to the network, Watters will continue to co-host ‘The Five’ but the weekend show, ‘Watter’s World’ will be discontinued. Jesse Watters will expand his career to new horizons.
Fox News’s Chief Executive Suzanne Scott stated that the network was pleased to have Jesse Watters for the 7 PM slot. She said, “Jesse’s versatility and hosting acumen has grown exponentially over the last five years, and he has developed a deep connection to the audience.
We look forward to watching him expand his connection even further through this new solo weeknight hour”.
Jesse Watters Early Career and Controversies
Waters started his career back in 2001 with Fox News after his graduation. He worked as a production assistant until 2003 when he was shifted to be a part of the production staff at ‘The O’Reilly Factor.
In 2004, Jesse Watters began appearing on short segments in the O’Reilly show.
It was during this time that Jesse Watters emerged as an “ambush journalist”. He would thrust the microphone and pester the person with aggressive questions.
Amanda Terkel controversy was born as Watters grilled Terkel with hard-hitting questions while she was on vacation. Amanda Terkel had, as a journalist, written something about O’Reilly, due to which Jesse Watters inflicted her with an ‘ambush’.
Although Jesse Watters made his debut as the host of ‘Outnumbered’ in 2014, he was not permanently appointed for that post. Therefore, his proper debut is the ‘Watter’s World’, a monthly show started in 2015, that aired segments that complemented Watter’s personality.
In 2017, this show started being aired weekly on Saturdays, but it has now become discontinued due to Jesse Watters heightened responsibilities.
Many love Jesse Watters for his sarcastic political humor, yet several controversies have followed Jesse Watters around. Just less than a month ago, Jesse Watters was in the news for instigating students to “ambush” Fauci.
He had said, “Now you go in for the kill shot. The kill shot? With an ambush? Deadly. Because he doesn’t see it coming.”
Fauci had demanded that Watters should be “fired on the spot”. Much disapproval had been directed towards Watters by the mainstream and social media.
Nonetheless, Fox News supported their anchorperson by saying that Watters’ speech was quoted out of context and that he had been using a metaphor.
Some more controversies have been highlighted before, such as the host’s view regarding climate change, password leak of John Podesta’s emails, and some other comments.
Another issue that aggravated was a segment regarding Chinatown, which Jesse Watters had shot a long time ago.
The entire segment was taken as racist by many, however, Jesse Watters dismissed it by saying that the segment was supposed to be light-hearted and he regretted if anyone found offense in it.