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.
WATCH: Jesse Watters on Fox News re Ivanka Trump: "I really like how she was speaking into that microphone" pic.twitter.com/HoJHLpMtq1— Yashar (@yashar) April 26, 2017
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.
If Bill O is gone I'd expect FOX News to slide Jesse Waters into that 8pm ET slot. He can make anti-intellectual pseudo-racism cool again.— Kartik Krishnaiyer (@kkfla737) April 12, 2017
Who compliments the way somebody holds a microphone and ISN'T making a sexual reference to it. SHOW ME ONE EXAMPLE #JesseWaters— Alex Bruns™ (@alexbruns) April 27, 2017
"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.
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