Jesse Watters of Fox News just got reeled in by a whopper of a fish tale.
On “The Five” Monday night, the host recounted some memorable images from the catastrophic storm Harvey that has walloped Houston.
“I’ve seen some amazing things out there just looking at television over the weekend ― alligators on people’s back doorsteps. I saw a shark on the highway swimming in the water.”
Watch Jesse Watters get duped by the fake shark photo on national television pic.twitter.com/sbDLuavvzS— Eric Koch (@EricDKoch) August 29, 2017
When co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle commented “like ‘Sharknado’ ” Watters echoed, “like Sharknado.”
This time, the hoax appeared to have gained steam when a Scottish blogger named Jason Michael McCann posted the image with a misspelled #HurricaneHarvy hashtag. “Of course I knew it was fake, it was part of the reason I shared the bloomin’ thing,” McCann told BuzzFeed.
Watters tweeted Tuesday that he was sorry if his shark remarks caused any “concern or alarm,” though he didn’t exactly retract his original report.
Yesterday, I made a comment about a shark in the floodwaters in Texas. I sincerely apologize if I caused concern or alarm to anyone (1/2)— Jesse Watters (@jessebwatters) August 29, 2017
...The folks there and beyond are suffering unimaginable hardships. My heart goes out to them (2/2)— Jesse Watters (@jessebwatters) August 29, 2017
Hayley Miller contributed reporting.
This story has been updated to include Watters’ follow-up tweets.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.