Fox News' Jesse Watters in Hot Water Over Lewd Ivanka Trump Joke

After Waters says he 'liked how she was speaking into that microphone,' the presenter abruptly announces he will take a break from his show

Jesse Waters made his comment about Ivanka Trump during a live broadcast on April 25, 2017
Screengrab from The Five segment on Fox News

Fox News presenter Jesse Watters made what appeared to be a lewd joke about Ivanka Trump during her panel appearance in Berlin on Tuesday. Watters later announced that he will be taking an abrupt break from his show, "The Five," to spend time with family, CNN reported.

After viewing footage of Trump's Berlin event, where she praised her father, U.S. President Donald Trump, to noticeable boos from the audience, Watters commented that he "liked how she was speaking into that microphone."

The comment was picked up on social media and drew harsh criticism on Twitter, with users accusing Watters of making a sexual reference. Watters later denied the accusations.

"During the break we were commenting on Ivanka’s voice and how it was low and steady and resonates like a smooth jazz radio DJ," he wrote on Twitter. "This was in no way a joke about anything else."

The incident comes less than a week after Fox News announced the dismissal of veteran anchor Bill O'Reilly over multiple sexual harassment lawsuits.