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Fox News has named Jesse Watters the permanent host of its 7 pm primetime hour.
The new program, entitled Jesse Watters Primetime, will launch January 24.
FNC will announce a new 8 pm program to replace Watters’ Saturday primetime show, Watters’ World, at a later time.
“I’m thrilled to take on this new challenge and am grateful for the opportunity,” Watters said Monday.
Fox News has rotated various opinion hosts during the 7 pm hour for about a year. Watters first tried out for the spot in July. Following Watters’ first week, OutKick wrote that Watters had made his case for the role since he had noticeably increased the hour’s viewership.
Watters will remain a co-host on The Five with Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld.
Watters joined Fox News in 2002 as a production assistant and began appearing regularly on The O’Reilly Factor soon thereafter.
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I like Jesse, he’ll be fine but I would have liked to see Will Cain get the job. Jesse has The Five and Watters World on Saturday. I’m sure it will be a good show although I just think having Will Cain instead of Watters would have given the channel a new star instead of repurposing an old one.
Were Urban Meyer and/or Jim Harbaugh interviewed for the gig ??? …. or Joy Reid !!! … or Hannah Palmer ???
Now get rid of Bret Baier and replace with Will Cain or someone less Wallace-like.
Congrats Jesse…an American success story