Fox News’ Jesse Watters apologizes to Gayle King after confusing her with Robin Roberts

Fox News host Jesse Watters apologized on Wednesday after confusing CBS News host Gayle King with “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts. The moment took place during an episode of “The Five” — and came as Watters attempted to praise King for her much discussed interview with R. Kelly.

“Hats off to Gayle King for totally redeeming herself after the [Jussie] Smollett fiasco,” Watters said.

“That was not Gayle King,” fellow co-host Dana Perino corrected. “Robin Roberts did the Smollett interview.”

As analyst Juan Williams attempted to power through the moment, Watters broke in to apologize.

“Sorry for Robin Roberts out there,” he said “I apologize.”

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Television presenter Robin Roberts arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Robin Roberts arrives at her book signing for 'Everybody's Got Something' at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on April 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/FilmMagic)
Television personality Robin Roberts arrives at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES TAGS: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
Robin Roberts (L) of ABC News and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama laugh as they participate in the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington June 23, 2014. President Barack Obama, as part of efforts to make the U.S. workplace more accommodating for employees with families, will on Monday direct federal agencies to step up efforts to give workers more leeway in determining their schedules. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: TV personality Robin Roberts attends the 2014 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: Television personalities Robin Roberts is seen tape a segment at 'Good Morning America' at the ABC Times Square Studios on July 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25: News anchor Robin Roberts (R) and partner Amber Laign are seen outside 'Da Silvana Restaurant'on July 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: Television personalities Robin Roberts and Patti Labelle are seen tape a segment at 'Good Morning America' at the ABC Times Square Studios on July 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 07: Television personalities Robin Roberts is seen tape a segment at 'Good Morning America' at the ABC Times Square Studios on July 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 04: Television personality Robin Roberts onstage at the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: Television personalities Robin Roberts is seen tape a segment at 'Good Morning America' at the ABC Times Square Studioson July 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Robin Roberts (L) interviews Keith Urban on ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Robin Roberts attends the The Paley Center for Media 2014 Spring Benefit Dinner at 583 Park Avenue on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: (L to R) Television personalities Amy Robach, Robin Roberts, and George Stephanopoulos tape a segment at 'Good Morning America' at the ABC Times Square Studios on May 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Former ESPN anchor Robin Roberts speaks on stage at the Paley Prize Gala honoring ESPN's 35th anniversary presented by Roc Nation Sports on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Paley Center for Media)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: TV anchor Robin Roberts attends 11th Annual GLSEN Respect awards at Gotham Hall on May 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Television personality Robin Roberts leaves the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on May 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Former ESPN anchor Robin Roberts speaks on stage at the Paley Prize Gala honoring ESPN's 35th anniversary presented by Roc Nation Sports on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Paley Center for Media)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Robin Roberts speaks Forbes Women's Summit:The Entrepreneurship of Everything at 583 Park Avenue on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: TV Personality Robin Roberts attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters Cocktail Reception Red Carpet at the Four Seasons Restaurant on May 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
20/20 - 'Robin's Journey,' A Special Edition of 20/20, takes viewers on a candid, inspiring and intimate journey inside Robin Roberts’ challenging fight against myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder. The hour, which includes private moments beginning with the pre-transplant treatment, through her time in the hospital, to her return to GMA, airs FRIDAY, FEB. 22 (10-11 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Robin Roberts attends: An Evening With Robin Roberts And George Stephanopoulis at 92nd Street Y on May 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Nomi Ellenson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Television personality Robin Roberts signs copies of her new book, 'Everybody's Got Something' at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on April 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
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Reps for ABC declined to comment. Reps for CBS did not immediately respond to request for comment. On Wednesday however, Watters was far from alone in heaping praise on King, who has increasingly become CBS News’ most indispensable anchor.

“There’s a lot going on in these R. Kelly clips. But one thing that jumps out is how direct, super clear and no frills these questions are by @GayleKing,” director Ava DuVernay said on Twitter. “She’s asking exactly what most of us would ask if we were in her seat. Crazy how refreshing it is. Speaks to how rare it is.”

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: TV personality Gayle King and daughter Kirby Bumpus attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Kirby Bumpus attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Kirby Bumpus, journalist Gayle King and William Bumpus Jr attend the 28th Annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on October 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 30: Kirby Bumpus (L) and television personality Gayle King attend the after party for the finale of the 'JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE' residency at MR CHOW at Caesars Palace on September 30, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Activist Deray McKesson and Kirby Bumpus at the 'Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show And American Culture' Opening Reception at the National Museum Of African American History & Culture on June 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: TV personality Gayle King and Kirby Bumpus (L) attend 19th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: TV personality Gayle King and daughter Kirby Bumpus attend the 17th Annual USTA Foundation Opening Night Gala at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: (L-R) Gayle King, Kirby Bumpus and William Bumpus Jr. attend the Delta Dental Celebrity Green Room during the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Delta Dental)
Ms. Gayle King, co-anchor of CBS This Morning and an editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine, and Ms. Kirby Bumpus, arrive at the White House in Washington, DC, USA on 18 October 2016, for the Italy State Dinner for Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini, hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, their final state dinner. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Kirby Bumpus (L) and Gayle King attend TIME and People's Annual White House Correspondents' Association Cocktail Party at St Regis Hotel on April 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Time and People )
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Gayle King (L) and Kirby Bumpus attend the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Gayle King and Kirby Bumpus attend the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Gayle King and her daughter Kirby Bumpus attend The Cinema Society & Bobbi Brown with InStyle screening of 'The Other Woman' at The Paley Center for Media on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 8: Gayle King and Kirby Bumpus pose on the red carpet during the The 36th Kennedy Center Honors gala at the Kennedy Center on December 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: Gayle King and daughter Kirby Bumpus attend 'The Butler' premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on August 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
Gayle King & daughter Kirby Bumpus attending the 2013 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC on 4/27/2013 (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
JULY 31: Kirby Bumpus and Gayle King attend Donna Karan, Ariel Foxman & InStyle Along With Kelly Ripa & Ashley Greene Present Super Saturday 13 at Nova's Ark Project on July 31, 2010 in Watermill, NY. (Photo by CHANCE YEH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
(L-R) O magazine editor-at-large Gayle King and daughter Kirby Bumpus attend the 2010 Ween Awards at the Asia Society on September 2, 2010 in New York City.
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 5: Gayle King and Kirby Bumpus attend TIME MAGAZINE'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE 2009 at Jazz At Lincoln Center on May 5, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by PATRICK MCMULLAN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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“This is wild. @GayleKing is again teaching a master’s class in interviewing. She remains so calm and focused while @rkelly loses it,” added PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor.

During the exchange a distraught Kelly pleaded his innocence. The musician is currently facing multiple felony sexual abuse charges. “Quit playin’. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me,” Kelly said, staring directly into the camera. “I’m fighting for my f—ing life.”

Kelly then stood up and began berating King. Throughout the moment she remained unfazed by the outburst, calmly addressing him as “Robert.”

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