Viewers erupted on social media, accusing the 38-year-old host of being ‘sexist’ and ‘rude’. He refused to apologize for the outrage on Wednesday and insists he meant no offense and that he was merely complimenting her voice which he likened to that of a ‘smooth jazz radio DJ’.
The show’s hosts were reviewing footage of Ivanka’s appearance at the summit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel when Watters made the remark. The First Daughter was booed by the audience as she spoke about her father’s commitment to empowering women in the workplace. She soldiered on through their jeering, telling the crowd of her ‘personal experience’ of her father’s fairness on the issue.
Prompted for his view by co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle, Watters said the audience treated Ivanka unfairly with its reaction.
He said, ‘It’s funny you know the left says they really respect women and when given an opportunity to respect a woman like that they boo and hiss. I always thought the Europeans were supposed to be so sophisticated and well-mannered and now they’re treating her like this, like it’s a soccer match. I don’t understand what’s going on. I think Ivanka is supposed to be the moderating voice for her father so I think people in Europe should support that. I don’t know why, also, saying her father respects families is controversial.’
He continued, ‘He’s probably hired a ton of fathers, mothers and children so I really don’t get what’s going on here but I really liked how she was speaking in to that microphone.’
His co-hosts swept past it but viewers picked up on the comment immediately and some even called for him to be fired over it. They also pointed to the hypocrisy of chastising the summit audience for being disrespectful to Ivanka by booing her while appearing to degrade her with the remark.
‘It’s funny you know the left says they really respect women and when given an opportunity to respect a woman like that they boo and hiss.’
‘This is how Jesse Watters is helping Fox News foster a “workplace culture of trust & respect.” The guy should be fired.’
Watters faced backlash last year over one segment last year that was filmed in Manhattan’s Chinatown and saw him interview Asian pedestrians for their views on Donald Trump. It was admonished as racist and cruel, with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio labeling it ‘vile’.
Watters expressed regret over the footage which prompted protests in New York City.
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