Another host on Fox News has been caught up in sexual harassment controversy, this time it’s Jesse Watters.
Watters declared that he’s taking a vacation on Wednesday, some days after the show he’s in “The Five” was moved to prime time. The news of the vacation were announced one day following Watters came under fire for remarks about Ivanka Trump which people saw as inappropriate and sexualized.
On Wednesday evening, Watters said: “I’m going to be taking a vacation with my family, so I’m not going to be here tomorrow and Friday. But I’ll be back on Monday, so try not to miss me too much.”
Watters’ comments about Ivanka went viral after several people regarded it like a sex-joke directed towards the First Daughter.
On his show, Watters said referring to the crown in Germany who booed at Ivanka when she mentioned her father’s name: “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,”
“So I don’t really get what’s going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone.”
Watters denied any inappropriate insinuations with his comments after he was condemned over social media, he said that he was referring to Ivanka’s speaking voice during her talk in Germany with Angela Merkel.
The lawyer representing a number of women which accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment, Lisa Bloom, said that the comment Watters said was not appropriate.
Bloom said: “Jesse Watters’ on air sexual harassment of Ivanka Trump is a vivid reminder of Fox News’ smirking culture of hypersexualizing and demeaning women. Perhaps Mr. Watters’ ‘vacation’ should end the way Bill O’Reilly’s did.”
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Sexual harassment scandals have filled the network for months. It started with a lawsuit Gretchen Carlson filed against the Roger Ailes, who was the network’s CEO in July 2016. While the network’s star Bill O’Reilly was let go following the reveal that the network paid $13 million to several women after they claimed sexual harassment against the host.
Similarly, days before he was let go of the network, O’Reilly had also said that he will go on vacation suddenly. Both O’Reilly and Ailes denied the sexual harassment allegations.
On the similar day Watters said the infamous Ivanka comments, the network was served with another discrimination lawsuit. It was filed on behalf of eleven employees, several of which are former employees, who alleged racial discrimination.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Douglas Wigdor, the plaintiff attorney said on Tuesday: “When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox.”
A spokesperson for Fox News responded to NBC News saying that they are planning contest the lawsuit.
The spokesperson said on Tuesday: “FOX News and Dianne Brandi vehemently deny the race discrimination claims in both lawsuits. They are copycat complaints of the original one filed last month. We will vigorously defend these cases.”
Previously, Watters was criticized for a segment on “Watters’ World” which dealt with gender and race.
Last year a protest was organized by Asian-American campaigners as well as elected officials after one of the show’s episodes made fun of Asians and their culture in Chinatown in New York. In the episode, they included a song “Kung Fu Fighting” as well as contained Watters addressing questions to two women and said if he’s “supposed to bow to say hello.”
Later, Watter replied to the criticism on Twitter and said: “The Chinatown segment was intended to be a light piece” and “I regret if anyone found offense.”
While in 2014, LGBT blogs called Watters homophobic after he was sent to the pride parade in San Francisco. He asked gay men: “Are you guys sure you don’t like girls? Are you sure?”
Watters should be returning to his hosting duties on Monday.