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Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters’ segment “Watters’ World” is getting its own full weekly hour-length treatment.
According to an announcement from Fox News on Thursday, “Watters’ World” has been bumped up from a monthly special and bi-weekly mini-segment to a weekly show set to air weekly on Saturdays at 8PM ET.
The show will feature the man-on-the-street-style interviews about pop culture and politics that Watters has executed as a correspondent on “The O’Reilly Factor,” where “Watters’ World” has grown from an off-shoot interview to a bi-weekly segment. Watters will also conduct interviews with high-profile figures, and host a panel where guests will debate current events.
“I am humbled that FOX News Channel has given me this opportunity. I look forward to viewers entering my world more often and wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for Bill,” Watters said in a statement.
A Bill O’Reilly protege, the correspondent has spent over a decade at the network ambushing interview subjects and talking to Americans on the street for “The O’Reilly Factor,” eventually getting his own segment on the show which O’Reilly dubbed “Watters’ World.”Watters told Business Insider that the anchor likes to tease the five minute segments at the top of the show, and hold them for the end to keep viewers tuned in through the entire program.
Recent episodes showed Watters interviewing Canadians about President-elect Donald Trump, asking Florida residents about a prominently displayed local pentagram, and asking New Yorkers and tourists about their New Years resolutions.
Watters’ segments have occasionally garnered criticism over the Fox correspondent’s ambush-style interview tactics and insensitivity toward interview subjects.
Last October, Watters visited New York’s Chinatown, where he interviewed invoked numerous racial stereotypes of Asian-Americans, quizzing onlookers about whether it was the “year of the dragon” and inquiring about karate lessons, among other gags.
The correspondent apologized after organizations like the Asian-American Journalists Association and lawmakers like New York Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed the segment.
Watters himself admitted that his show is “controversial,” but told Business Insider in December that he never wants to “intentionally cause anybody to be upset.”