Fox News Wants Watters Off O’Reilly Tour
The presence of long-time Fox News contributor Jesse Watters on Bill O’Reilly’s upcoming comedy ensemble is in question as Fox News is reportedly trying to remove him from “The Spin Stops Here Tour.”
Watters was most recently promoted to anchor on the primetime slot of “The Five” following Bill O’Reilly’s very public release from the network after the revelation that five women had been paid $13 million in settlement cases for sexual harassment claims against O’Reilly.
Watters had been a regular fixture on “The O’Reilly Factor,” where he often hosted a segment that featured ambush interviews. His presence on the comedy tour would be the first reunion of O’Reilly and Watters since O’Reilly’s release from Fox News.
News: Bill O’Reilly is promoting his upcoming public appearances with Jesse Watters, but Fox is trying to nix them. https://t.co/NZgK0IIx9J
— Tom Kludt (@TomKludt) May 5, 2017
While the reasons for removing Watters from the tour aren’t clear, CNN speculated that having current on-air talent like Watters appear alongside the ever-independent O’Reilly would be a situation the network wishes to avoid as it continues to face repercussions from the sexual harassment claims against O’Reilly.
Western Journalism reported that up until Thursday, O’Reilly had been promoting the tour that would also feature Fox contributor Dennis Miller.
“We’re going to do the tour,” O’Reilly stated last week on his “No Spin News” podcast. “The tour stays. Miller and Watters and me.”
It’s not clear if Fox News had succeeded in its attempts to nix Watters’ appearance, but as of Thursday, however, O’Reilly had omitted one name from his promotion: Watters.
“Miller and I will make it worth your while,” he stated, according to CNN.
Fox News and Watters’ agent Robert Barnett declined to comment while representatives for O’Reilly have not responded to CNN requests for comment.
Just when things couldn’t seem to get any worse for Fox News, another bump in the road appears on the horizon. While the network clearly has a few issues to correct, hopefully it’s nothing that can’t be overcome at a time when America needs the network’s honest and faithful reporting the most.
H/T The Hill