In an incident that’s being called at the very least poor timing for Fox News, which is under scrutiny over sexual harassment and other issues in the wake of the firing of Bill O’Reilly, Fox News host Jesse Watters came under fire for what critics see as a lewd joke about the president’s daughter.
The New York Times reports that Watters, who has been described as an O’Reilly protege and recently moved into the 9 p.m. slot on Fox News as a host of “The Five,” is denying that there’s any sexual innuendo in his comment about how Ivanka Trump was using a microphone.
Watters’ comment followed a clip of Ivanka Trump appearing as part of a panel on female entrepreneurship in Berlin, where she was jeered.
“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,” said Watters, adding with a grin: “So I don’t really get what’s going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone.”
The clip has made the rounds on social media and can be seen on Twitter by clicking here.
After getting flak over the incident, Watters issued a statement today denying any sexual inference.
“During the break we were commenting on Ivanka’s voice and how it was low and steady and resonates like a smooth jazz radio DJ,” Watters said in the statement. “This was in no way a joke about anything else.”
Watters has come under fire before, including being accused of racism over a piece that aired on “The O’Reilly Factor” last fall in which Watters reported from New York’s Chinatown district. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was among those urging Fox News at the time to take Watters off the air.
Here’s the Chinatown clip, which remains up on YouTube after being posted by Fox News …