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Fox News host Jesse Watters will fly aboard Air Force One on Wednesday for an interview with President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the situation told Business Insider.
A network spokesperson confirmed the interview would take place on Wednesday before Trump’s rally in Nashville, and air on Saturday during “Watters’ World,” where the two would discuss issues including Republicans’ replacement for the Affordable Care Act, the economy and tax reform, and immigration.
After a decade as a producer and on-air personality on Bill O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” Watters snagged his own weekly show on Fox earlier this year.
Though Watters has occasionally garnered criticism for his ambush interview-style and controversial subject-matter, his show has largely been a ratings success.
Over the past two months, Nielsen reported that ratings were up 54% in total viewers on average from the same timeslot last year, averaging 1,770,000 total viewers per episode.
The show has largely resembled the format Watters picked up filling in for O’Reilly and hosting a semi-monthly weekend show, leaning on panel debates and man-on-the-street interviews about newsworthy topics, and poking fun at residents in liberal enclaves like college campuses and New York City.
In an interview with Business Insider in December, the Fox host acknowledged that he was excited for the new administration, noting that it would bring new opportunities for his show.
“I think it’s time for a change,” Watters said. “I think Donald Trump is going to make Watters’ World great again. Because it’s going to be a new dynamic on the streets. And that’s something I’m looking forward to. It’s definitely going to turn the whole thing upside down, and that’ll be a new challenge.”
Watters isn’t the only Fox News host interviewing Trump this week. The president’s interview with Tucker Carlson is set to air Wednesday evening.