Fox News host Jesse Watters engaged in an emotional sign-off from his namesake Saturday program to take on a new role — as host of the network’s prime-time news program.
During his close, he confirmed that he will still be co-hosting “The Five” because “Greg [Gutfeld] couldn’t live without [him],” adding that he owes his success to former prime-time host Bill O’Reilly.
“If you’ve watched ‘Watters’ World’ from the beginning, as we transitioned from the factory to the studio, you know how much the show’s grown and how much I’ve grown as a host and as a person,” he said.
“I’m not saying I put on weight, which I did for a while, but I lost it — and you’ll notice that in some of the footage we’re about to show you,” Watters reflected. “What I’m saying is, my world has gotten a whole lot bigger.”
“But I really saved myself, and by doing so, made the world around me a better place. Everyone is the master of their own world. You’re responsible for your own thoughts, happiness and success. Everything starts here,” he continued.
“The power of positive thinking, big dreams, hard work and good habits will take you anywhere you want … that, and of course, a lot of love,” the 43-year-old news commentator said. “And waking up really early in the morning doesn’t hurt, either,” he added.
“What made this show possible in the beginning was one thing, ‘The [O’Reilly] Factor’ sent me far and wide throughout the country to interview people from all walks of life and investigate what needed attention. During my travels, I formed an unbreakable connection with the people of this country. And of course, you the audience,” Watters said, adding that he connected with his audience during his show’s nearly seven-year run, beginning in 2015.
“This connection with the people is the most important element in my professional career. That’s why when I did my book signings, I promised people they could touch me — just not the hair,” he quipped.
“You and I will always know and love each other. We’re patriots and we protect each other. This, right here, is special, and everybody knows it. So before I start to cry, let’s memorialize our weekend run together,” he said with genuine passion.