Jesse Watters is a news personality most frequently seen on the Fox News Network. Watters began with a segment on The O’Reilly Factor, and he would eventually get his own weekend show on the network, Watter’s World. Watters is a regular on the panel of The Five, and he is a regular on the daytime Fox show, Outnumbered. Jesse is currently the host of Jesse Waters Primetime on Fox News.
Watters is known for ending his Saturday evening show with the line, “I’m Watter’s, and this is my world.”
|Real Name/Full Name:
|Jesse Bailey Watters
|July 9, 1978
|6 ft. 1 in.
|Emma Watters (nee’ DiGiovine) (2019 – present); Noelle Watters (m. 2009 – 2019)
|Twin Daughters, Sophie and Elle; Son, Jesse Bailey, Jr.
|Is Jesse Watters Gay?
|Highest Political Office:
|News Personality/Television Host
|Trinity College (Hartford, CT)
|Bachelor of Arts, History
|Net Worth in 2022:
Biography: Early Life and Family
Jesse Bailey Watters was born on July 9, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents are Stephen Watters and Anne Purvis Watters. His early childhood was spent in the Germantown area of Philadelphia; his parents would move to East Falls, where Jesse attended school until his junior year of high school.
Jesse attended William Penn Charter School until his parents moved to Long Island, New York when he was seventeen.
Jesse has one sister, Aliza.
Jesse would attend Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2001 from Trinity.
Jesse does not speak often of his private life or his childhood, other than mentioning from time to time that his mother is considered a “liberal,” and that she will call him after a broadcast of a show to admonish him regarding a comment during the show. He calls his mother “his most liberal fan.” Even so, Jesse shares a good relationship with his parents despite their differences in political views.
Jesse Watters has been married twice. He was initially married to Noelle Watters (nee’ Inguagiato). Noelle was originally from New York. She is a fashion stylist and a television personality. Jesse and Noelle are parents to twin daughters, Sophie and Elle. The twins are ten years of age (born November 2011).
Jesse met Noelle at Fox News. Jesse worked for the network in many capacities prior to becoming a host on Watter’s World. Noelle was a stylist for Fox News. The pair met while working for the network, and they married in 2009.
Jesse became to object of gossip columns when it was discovered he had engaged in an affair with a producer. In fact, Emma DiGiovine was an associate producer on Jesse’s weekend show Watter’s World.
Because of the network’s history with founder Roger Ailes, Jesse disclosed the consensual relationship, and DiGiovine was moved to another show. This was part of the network’s new policy regarding sexual harassment and romantic relationships in the workplace.
Watters disclosed this relationship in 2017. He and Noelle would divorce within the next year, and Watters then married Emma in 2019. The pair have one son, Jesse Bailey Watters, Jr.
Age, Height and Weight
Jesse Watters is 43 years old. He is 6 feet 1 inch in height, and he weighs 165 lbs.
Jesse Watters has an estimated net worth of $6 million, mostly earned during his time as a popular media personality on the Fox News Channel.
He began his television career as a producer for the highly popular The O’Reilly Factor. Jesse began hosting a segment in which he interviewed people on the street. Some referred to Watters as an ambush reporter, but this was incorrect. All those appearing on camera had signed a disclosure that allowed Fox to air their brief interview.
Jesse’s segment became highly popular, and he would eventually be given his own weekend show, Watter’s World.
Jesse is a frequent guest on the daytime Fox political talk show, Outnumbered.
He is a host on the daily political talk show, The Five and also hosts Jesse Waters Primetime.
Solely on his work at Fox News, Jesse Watters earns an annual salary of $2 million.
In 2021, Jesse Watters released a book he had penned: How I Saved the World.
The book is currently one of the bestselling books on the New York Times top ten bestselling books; Publisher’s Weekly ranked Watters’ book similarly.
Watters frequently participates in book signings, which boost his sales. He also speaks publicly at a number of facilities.
Watters got his start at Fox News under the tutelage of embattled former host Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly hosted the wildly popular The O’Reilly Factor, which was at the top time slot of 8 PM (Eastern) Monday – Friday on Fox News. Watters was originally a producer on the show. He eventually begin to air in small segments that critics referred to as “ambush interviews.” At this point in Jesse’s career, he was considered a correspondent.
Watters was hired immediately upon his graduation from Trinity College as a production assistant in 2001. He would work his way up to a part of the production staff by 2003. In 2004, Watters began hosting small segments for O’Reilly. At this point he was considered a correspondent who injected a great deal of humor into his “ambush” interviews.
Often, Watters would pose questions that showed much of the public is out of touch with issues. Many interviewees appeared to have gathered any current events knowledge they had either from social media or from biased college professors. Watters pointed this out often in his segments, and his future show would also highlight how the main stream media portrays the issues.
Watters has always been known for his conservative political stance that is interjected with a bit of humor. Watters was scheduled to appear with O’Reilly and former Saturday Night Live comedian Dennis Miller on a tour in 2016. Shortly after the dates were set, Bill O’Reilly found himself amid a scandal in which the outspoken host was accused of multiple incidences of sexual harassment. O’Reilly would leave the network much the same way as Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News.
Jesse Watters was also making appearances on the daytime political talk show Outnumbered. The show was called such as the daytime show was hosted by an all-female panel. The panel welcomed one male guest to the panel each day. Watters’ humor and his portrayal of the issues made him a favorite of the panel, and he appeared on the daytime talk show several times per week.
Watters had his first appearance on Outnumbered on June 11, 2014. His show, Watter’s World, originally a monthly program appearing on a Saturday night line-up on Fox News, debuted on November 20, 2015. Currently, Jesse hosts the weekend show while appearing daily on the late-afternoon show The Five. Watters joined this particular show as a co-host in April 2017.
Jesse’s program was originally aired once a month, but, due to its popularity, the show became a regular part of the weekend line-up on Fox News.
Watters has said of his characterization as an “ambush interviewer:”
“I try to make it enjoyable for the person I’m interviewing. We always come away from the interview all smiles, for the most part. And it’s always fun to come back and look at the footage and say, ‘Oh my gosh, what just happened?'”
Jesse Watters Primetime
Jesse’s program “Jesse Watters Primetime” debuted on January 24, 2022 on the Fox News Channel. This show ended the longtime run of Watter’s World on Saturday nights, but Jesse will maintain his co-hosting duties on The Five. Jesse Watters Primetime airs at 7 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.
Watters’ book: How I Saved the World
Watters’ bestselling book is currently adding to his busy schedule as his participates in book signings regularly and speaks at engagements regarding politics and the book.
Watters’ humor is the focus of the book, but, true to form, Watters makes funny but true statements regarding the state of politics today.
One area in which Watters does comment a great deal is his mother’s liberal beliefs in contrast to his own. Watters related that the book’s release “made his mother cry.” He stated:
“My mother cried; my mother is from a very academic background, she has her doctorate, she has been in education her whole life . . . she is very proud that I was able to write a book without any grammatical errors and have it published.”
Part of Watters’ political humor on The Five includes his reading texts from his mother, who watches Watters’ shows even though the two do not agree politically.
Watters’ mother makes it clear via these texts that she isn’t always happy with her son’s commentary or conservative ideology. He addressed many of his mother’s texts and comments regarding her son’s conservative political stance in the book.
Watters opened his book with a twist on his trademark phrase, saying, “I’m Watters, and this is my book.” The book is sixteen chapters in length, and it is based on a them of “How I Saved . . .”
Watters continues to host The Five in addition to numerous other projects.