Fox News Channel fired star host Tucker Carlson earlier this year and has since tapped Jesse Watters to fill Carlson’s timeslot on weeknights at 8.
Watters is set to move to the more coveted 8:00 p.m. timeslot on Monday, July 17… and Watters just gave an interview about his exact plans for the new broadcast, and what changes to expect.
Watters intends to cover stories of interest to the American people… and to him personally.
He told Fox News Digital on Tuesday —
When I cover a story, the first thing I think of is, ‘Do I care about this?’…
We cover the stories that a lot of other people don’t cover because we know what the American people care about. They care about crime, care about corruption, care about the border… My mother only reads The New York Times, and she has no idea that the Biden family was taking bribes from overseas.
I don’t speak for the American people. The American people speak to me, and we put on a show that the American people want to hear because we’re in touch with the American people.
In other words, Watters is promising to continue on the same path that has gained him popularity.
“Fundamentally, my show will not change. I’m going to showcase serious news topics and serious stories. I do it in a way that some people call entertaining, but you know, no one says the news has to be boring,” the Jesse Watters Primetime host added.
“I can’t change. I can only get better.”
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Watters remains committed to the mission of his show, but he’s still headed for a big change. He’s moving to a more trafficked timeslot… and he’ll likely speak to a new, larger audience.
The television host opened up about feeling high expectations… and about a change to his daily mealtimes.
“There is pressure every night… I don’t look at it as pressure, I look at it as an opportunity, and I’m very grateful and humbled by the opportunity. I just try to put on a killer show every night for the audience. That’s my goal,” Watters said.
“I eat the same lunch everyday [sic]… and then when I come home to my house after the 7 p.m. show, I would eat dinner at nine. Now here’s the problem. I’m still going to be coming into the office around 3:30, so I’m going to be having a salad at 3:45 and then a big dinner at six.”
Watters was implying that, due to his new timeslot, he would have to eat dinner at 10 p.m., long past his preferred time.
Presumably, he also needs to plan meals around his appearances on the talk show The Five, on which he serves as a co-host.
“I’m slightly concerned about the dinner situation. The new hour not only affects the dinner situation, it affects the lunch situation… Takeout is expensive, and it’s not as good as the home cooking from my wife, Emma,” Watters added.
“That will be the part of me that changes. Everything else about me will stay the same. I might have to eat lunch at home.”
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