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Jesse Watters to host 7 p.m. slot at Fox, cementing the network’s new programming strategy

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The installation of the Watters flamethrower in the key time slot cements a strategy Fox launched shortly after President Donald Trump lost re-election: more right-wing commentary, less news.

Before Trump’s defeat, the 7 p.m. hour was occupied by a Tory newscast hosted by Martha MacCallum. But in the wake of Trump’s defeat, when his viewers didn’t want to hear the truth about the election results, Fox began to lose ground to some of his right-wing cable rivals and felt pressure from the public to change its programming.

Channel management responded by moving MacCallum to the 3pm time slot and replacing the 7pm time with a cast of rotating hosts who served the much sought-after right-wing viewers.

After a year of trying for a permanent host, Fox is moving forward with fan favorite Watters, who also co-hosts the popular channel’s roundtable “The Five”. The new 7pm show will be called “Jesse Watters Primetime”, although the prime time is traditionally considered to start at 8pm.

Watters, who was first introduced to Fox viewers doing ambush-style interviews as the producer on Bill O’Reilly’s now-canceled show, said in a statement he was “delighted to report this new challenge and grateful for the opportunity. ”Suzanne Scott, Network CEO, praised Watters’“ deep connection to the public ”.

Watters’ promotion comes less than a month after he sparked significant controversy for using violent language at a conservative conference while encouraging attendees to conduct shadowy interviews with Dr Anthony Fauci.

“Now you’re going to get the killing blow. The killing blow? With an ambush? Deadly. Because he didn’t see it coming,” Watters told the students.

Fauci responded to the comments, calling them “crazy” and saying Watters “should be fired immediately” by Fox. But, at the time, Fauci predicted that Watters would become “irresponsible” at Fox. Fauci quickly proved correct as the network released a statement of support for Watters soon after.

This was just one of the many controversies that Watters has embarked on over the years.

Over the past few years, Watters has survived a scandal related to racial stereotypes of different cultural groups in the man-in-the-streets segments, as well as a comment on Ivanka Trump largely cut off as a sexual innuendo.

But throughout, Watters continued to be an audience success for Fox.

Watters was one of Trump’s strongest supporters on cable television while the former president was in the White House, earning him applause and interviews from the former administration and his allies.

And, in return, Fox has continued to support and promote Watters. Watters received a Saturday night show in 2017. But he will be dropping that program to host the show on weekdays. Fox said a replacement for this show will be announced at a later date.

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