Jesse Watters Biography

Jesse Watters is an American political commentator and member of the Conservative Party of New York State. Known for his outspoken support of President Donald Trump, Watters has faced criticism for his controversial statements, which have been deemed racist and sexist. Starting his career as a production assistant with Fox News in 2002, Watters quickly rose through the ranks and now hosts his own talk show, Watters’ World. Prior to this, he worked with Bill O’Reilly on The O’Reilly Factor, where his man-on-the-street segments gained popularity. In November 2015, Watters’ World debuted on Fox News, and in April 2017, Watters joined as one of the permanent panelists on the round-table talk show, The Five.

Quick Facts

  • Age: 45 Years
  • Family: Spouse/Ex-: Emma DiGiovine (m. 2019), Noelle Watters (m. 2009–2019), father: Stephen Watters, mother: Anne Watters, children: Ellie Watters, Sophie Watters
  • Born Country: United States
  • Journalists
  • American Men
  • U.S. State: Pennsylvania
  • City: Philadelphia
  • Education: Trinity College

Childhood & Early Life

Jesse Watters was born on July 9, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. His parents are Anne Watters and Stephen Watters. He spent his early years in Germantown and later moved to the East Falls neighborhood in Philadelphia. Watters attended the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. His family later relocated to Long Island, New York. In 2001, he graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, with a BA degree in history.


After completing college, Watters joined Fox News, an American cable TV news channel based in New York City. Two years later, he began working with the production team of The O’Reilly Factor, a news and talk show hosted by Bill O’Reilly. Watters gained popularity for his man-on-the-street interviews featured on O’Reilly’s show. In 2014, he made his first appearance on the Fox News daytime show Outnumbered and occasionally served as a guest co-host. In 2015, Watters’ World, his monthly news program on Fox News, debuted. The show provides his team’s perspective on topics such as popular culture and politics. It became a weekly program in 2017. In the same year, Watters became one of the permanent commentators on the Fox News panel talk show The Five, which covers various subjects including popular culture, current affairs, and politics.

Controversial Statements & Acts

Watters has been involved in several controversial incidents. In 2009, he and his cameraman confronted journalist Amanda Terkel during her holiday, questioning her negative critique of Bill O’Reilly. In 2013, on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Watters made a comment implying that domestic terrorist acts were mostly committed by Muslims. In 2016, he faced criticism for a segment on Watters’ World that was deemed racist. The segment featured Asian-Americans in Chinatown, where Watters asked inappropriate questions and played stereotypical music. He later apologized, stating that the segment was intended as humor. In 2017, Watters falsely claimed that the password to John Podesta’s email account was “Password.” He also faced controversy for his comments about Ivanka Trump and climate change.

Family & Personal Life

Watters is a member of the Conservative Party of New York State. He met his first wife, Noelle, while working at Fox News, and they married in 2009. They have twin daughters named Sophie and Ellie. In 2017, Noelle filed for divorce, citing Watters’ affair with his colleague Emma DiGiovine. The divorce was finalized in 2019. Watters publicly announced his engagement to DiGiovine in August 2019 and they got married in December 2019.

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