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Fox News’ Jesse Watters, the on-air personality known for his racist O’Reilly Factor segment in Chinatown last year, is now under fire by critics online who say his comments made about Ivanka Trump were sexual and crude.
On Tuesday’s The Five, Watters watched footage of Ivanka speaking at a women’s conference in Berlin.
“It’s funny, the left says they really respect women, and then when given an opportunity to respect a woman like that, they boo and hiss,” he said, adding, “So I don’t really get what’s going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone.”
The comment was later decried as unnecessary sexual innuendo and lewd by critics online.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski called him out on Twitter: “FOX, clean it up. Microphone comments? Comments on hosts dresses? Get rid of those who cannot measure up.”
Lisa Bloom, the attorney who represents the three women with complaints against Bill O’Reilly, also tweeted about the incident, warning Watters, “maybe you should be next.” “We all saw your hand to mouth gesture on the video. We’re watching how you demean women. We brought O’Reilly down. Maybe you should be next.”
Watters responded to the backlash on Wednesday, tweeting that his comment about Ivanka’s microphone was about “how it resonates like a smooth jazz radio DJ” and wasn’t meant to be sexual.
He also added on Wednesday’s episode of The Five that he would be going on vacation, with plans to return on Monday, echoing O’Reilly’s remarks of a vacation before the network’s decision to not have him return to air.
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
The incident comes just a week after Fox News ousted O’Reilly amid a sexual harassment controversy and subsequent advertiser exodus from his 8 p.m. show, The O’Reilly Factor.
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