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Jesse Watters Profile
Jesse Watters is an American conservative political commentator on Fox News. He frequently appeared on the political talk show The O’Reilly Factor and was known for his man-on-the-street interviews, featured in his segment “Watters’World”, which would become its show in 2015. Additionally, in January 2017, Watters’ World became weekly, and in April 2017, he became a co-host of the roundtable series The Five.
Jesse Watters Age
Watters is 45 years old as of 2023. He was born on 9th July 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America. Additionally, he celebrates his birthday on the 9th of July every year.
Jesse Watters Height
He stands at an average height of 6 feet 1 inch tall.
Jesse Watters Education
He attended the William Penn Charter School through his junior year, before moving with his family to Long Island in New York. Additionally, in 2001, he graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut after 5 years and a time away from college for a drug problem, with a B.A. in History.
Jesse Watters Family
Watters was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Stephen Hapgood Watters, he is a teacher, and a child psychologist Anne Purvis, daughter of Morton Bailey, Jr., publisher of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Furthermore, his grandfather, Morton Bailey, published The Saturday Evening Post, his father was the politician Morton S. Bailey.
Paternal grandfather, Franklin Benjamin Watters, was a cardiologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Newington, Connecticut, and a professor at the University of Connecticut Medical Dental School. He has some Irish ancestry on his father’s side. Moreover, is named after his mother’s great-grandfather Jesse Andrew Burnett, an Associate chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. Watters grew up in the Germantown and then East Falls neighborhoods.
Jesse Watters Wife
Watters is happily married to his loving wife Noelle Inguagiato. The couple tied the knot in 2009, and together they were blessed with twin daughters. Moreover, Noelle filed for divorce in 2018 after Watters admitted to an affair with a producer on his show, Emma DiGiovine. Noelle and Watters’s divorce was finalized in March 2019. Additionally, Watters announced his engagement to DiGiovine in August 2019 and they married in December of the same year. Together they were blessed with a son born in 2021, they welcomed a baby girl in April of 2023.
Jesse Watters Career
After graduating, Watters started working at Fox News as a production assistant. He joined the O’Reilly Factor production team in 2003, and in 2004 he started to make television appearances on O’Reilly’s show. Additionally, Walters made her Fox News debut on Outnumbered on June 11th, 2014, and later occasionally appeared as a guest co-host. Waaters launched his own monthly Fox News program, Waaters World, on November 20th, 2015. Additionally, Watters World started airing every Saturday at *PM.ET in January 2017.
In addition, he started co-hosting the discussion series The Five in April 2017. HarperCollins announced in April 2021 that Watters’ latest book, How I Saved the World, would be released on July 6. The book debuted at number one on The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list for the week ending 10th July 2021. After serving as one of several rotating fill-in hosts in the network’s 7 PM time slot, it was announced on January 10, 2022, that Watters would become the permanent host of a new primetime show, titled Jesse Watters Primetime, which debuted on January 24, 2022. Watters’ World ended on January 15, 2022, while Watters continues to serve as co-host of The Five.
Jesse Watters Amanda Terkel “ambush”
When journalist Amanda Terkel was driving to Winchester, Virginia, for vacation in 2009, Watters and his cameraman followed her for two hours on assignment for The O’Reilly Factor. They then approached her and questioned her about an article about Bill O’Reilly that she had written. Seven years later, at a press conference, The Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim invited Watters to walk over to Terkel and apologize while his phone camera was still recording. Watters initially indicated he would apologize, but later changed his mind, saying he wouldn’t. He continued, saying, “I ambushed her because O’Reilly told me to get her because she said some bad shit.”
Video of the incident shows Watters then grabbing Grim’s phone and throwing it on the floor, and later grabbing it again and putting it in his pocket. Eventually, the two got into a shoving match, as Grim attempted to recover his phone. Watters later commented on the incident on The O’Reilly Factor, stating, “I was at this party trying to enjoy myself. This guy came up to me. He starts putting it in my face.” Terkel wrote that Watters’ response was “surprising”, considering that “Watters’ way of confronting his subjects is to thrust cameras in their faces unexpectedly and pepper them with aggressive questions.”
Jesse Watters Chinatown segment
A section of Watters’ World that was widely regarded as discriminatory toward Asian Americans aired in October 2016, and Watters faced criticism for it. In Chinatown in New York City, Watters questioned Chinese Americans about their knowledge of karate, whether he ought to bow before greeting them, and whether their watches had been stolen. The background music for the entire segment is “Kung Fu Fighting” from 1974, and there are clips of Watters receiving a foot massage and playing with nunchucks in between the interviews and martial arts references.
Watters’ piece was condemned by Bill de Blasio, the mayor of the New York community, as “vile, racist behavior” that “has no place in our city”. Mazie Hirono and Judy Chu, two Asian Americans who are senators and journalists, were among the many others who criticize Watters. The segment was also criticized by the Asian American Journalists Association, which issued a statement saying, “We should be far beyond tired, racist stereotypes and targeting an ethnic group for humiliation and objectification based on their race.”
Jesse Watters Net Worth
Watters has an estimated annual Net worth of $ 73 million to $ 100 million earned from his career as a political commentator.
Jesse Watters Social Media Platforms
Watters is very active on his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. He has 2.3 million followers on Twitter, 681k followers on Instagram, and 1.2 Million followers on Facebook.