‘HA!’ Hampshire College Denies Jesse Watters’ Fox News Segment Forced Return of American Flag

“Absolutely not,” school tells TheWrap about “O’Reilly Factor” correspondent’s impact on flag’s return

Jesse Watters

Fox News host Jesse Watters claimed “victory” on Twitter, but Hampshire College says its decision to return the American flag to campus has nothing to do with his recent segment on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

The school raised the flag on Friday morning after removing it to “enable discussion,” when students of the liberal arts school became upset by Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.

The “Factor” aired a segment on Wednesday night which featured Watters traveling to the college in Amherst, Massachusetts to confront its president Jonathan Lash and expose the situation.

“Ha! Absolutely not,” Hampshire College spokesperson John Courtmanche told TheWrap when we asked if the segment had anything to do with the decision.

“Don’t you realize the whole country is laughing at you right now,” Watters told the college president, and then stuck his foot in Lash’s doorway to prevent him from shutting it.

“C’mon, get your foot out of my door,” Lash said. “I don’t want to talk to you about it. Would you please remove your foot from my door?”

Instead of obliging the man’s request, Watters added, “You made a lot of people very upset. I think you owe the country an explanation.”

The school originally said the flag would not return until the spring semester at the earliest, according to the Boston Globe.

Two days after Watters’ segment, the flag is back. According to TVNewser, 3.98 million people watched Wednesday’s episode of “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“We raise the flag now as a symbol of that freedom, and in hopes for justice and fairness for all,” Lash said in a statement.