Fox News expands Philly native Jesse Watters’ ‘Watters’ World’ to weekly show

Fox News Channel will expand Jesse Watters’ monthly Watters’ World specials into a weekly series starting this weekend.

Watters, a Philly native who grew up in Germantown and East Falls, will helm the hourlong show, which serves as an expanded version of his segments on The O’Reilly Factor. The series will air Saturdays at 8 p.m., starting Jan. 7.

The show will feature the man-on-the-street interviews for which Watters has become known, as well as a panel of commentators who will weigh in on the day’s news, and interviews with what a release calls “high-profile guests.”

Watters joined FNC back in 2002 as a production assistant before moving on to work with The O’Reilly Factor in 2003. In addition to his role as a correspondent and now host, Watters is a producer and managing editor for Fox Nation, a conservative opinion site operated by FNC.

“I am humbled that FOX News Channel has given me this opportunity,” Watters said via a release. “I look forward to viewers entering my world more often and wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for Bill [O’Reilly]”

Most recently, the Philly native’s Watters’ World segments have featured Watters quizzing passersby in various locations on everything from President-elect Trump to New Year’s resolutions. In 2014, he came home to Philly to ask folks about American history, and we didn’t do so great.

Watters’ World, however, has not been without controversy. In October, the host ignited a debate online with a segment in which he asked residents of New York City’s Chinatown questions like whether Chinese food is just called “food” in China, or if he should bow when meeting his interview subjects.

Following the segment, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that Watters’ “vile, racist behavior…has no place in our city.” Watters, for his part, apologized, saying that his “interviews are meant to be taken tongue-in-cheek,” and expressed “regret if anyone found [the segment] offensive.”

“I try to make it enjoyable for the person I’m interviewing,” Watters told television critic Ellen Gray in Dec. 2015. “We always come away from the interview all smiles, for the most part.”