Jesse Watters Net Worth

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Net Worth $ 20,000,000
Real name Jesse Bailey Watters
Source of Wealth Political commentary and TV show hosting
Profession Conservative political commentator
Spouse/Partner Married to Emma DiGiovine
Date of Birth Jul 9, 1978
Zodiac Cancer
Age 44
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 182 cm / 5 ft 11 inch
Nationality American
Siblings Sister Aliza Watters

Biography

Jesse Watters is a conservative political commentator associated with Fox News Channel.[1]He has appeared on the political talk show "The O'Reilly Factor" in a segment called "Watters' World," where he conducted street interviews.

In 2017, "Watters' World" became a weekly show hosted by Jesse himself. Watters is currently the host of “Jesse Watters Primetime” and the co-host of the talk show “The Five.”

Jesse Watters’ net worth is estimated at $20 million.

Early life

Watters comes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born on July 9, 1978, and attended William Penn Charter School. After finishing his junior year, he moved to Long Island in New York with his family.

He went to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where he graduated in 2001 with BA. in history.

Political commentator and TV host career

Watter started his career as a Fox News Channel production assistant. He then became a part of the news and talk show "The O'Reilly Factor" production team in 2002.

The following year, Jesse became the correspondent for the show and started appearing on air with his own segment, "Watters' World." He conducted his signature street interviews on various topics from pop culture to politics, and worked on investigative stories.[2]

In 2014, Watters debuted as a host on the talk show “Outnumbered” on Fox News, which featured a debate among 4 female and one male panelist. Later, he occasionally appeared as a guest co-host on the talk show.

In 2015, he debuted with the monthly talk show “Watters' World” on Fox News, which grew from a one-hour featured segment into a full-fledged night show. He is described as an “ambush journalist”, which is described as a journalist who encounters people at unexpected places to get their on-the-spot response.

In 2017, “Watters' World” became a weekly show and started airing Saturdays at 8 PM. During the show, Watters interviewed many famous politicians, entrepreneurs, and public figures, such as Donald Trump, Mark Cuban, and Dave Portnoy.

Later that year, Jesse was made the co-host of the panel talk show “The Five.”[3]The one-hour show features Jesse as a co-host in the company of the writer and host of Gutfeld! Greg Gutfeld; co-host of America's Newsroom and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino; district attorney and judge Jeanine Pirro; including a rotating lineup of three guests on the Liberal position: Fox News contributor and Democratic strategist Jessica Tarlov; former U.S. Representative and Fox News contributor, Harold Ford Jr.; and Fox News correspondent and radio talk show host, Geraldo Rivera.

“The Five” show ranked as the number one program in cable news attracting 3.3 million total viewers in the 4th quarter of 2021.

“Watters' World” stopped airing in January 2022. Before that, Watters was announced as the host of the primetime show “Jesse Watters Primetime,” which is still ongoing.

In July 2021, Jesse published his book “How I Saved the World,” which reached the number 1 spot on The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list.

Controversies

Jesse Watters' career is wrapped in numerous scandals, and he has come under a lot of criticism for his racist, provocative, and false comments.

Chinatown segment

In 2016, Watters did a segment “Watters' World” in Chinatown in New York in which he interviewed Chinese Americans if they knew karate (even though karate originated from Japan and not China); he asked them if he should bow when he greeted them and if the watches they were wearing were stolen.

The song "Kung Fu Fighting'' played during the entire segment, displaying clips of Jesse playing with nunchucks and getting a foot massage.

Journalists and lawmakers heavily criticized the segment. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned Watters and the segment as "vile, racist behavior." Watters defended himself, stating that his segments should be taken as humorous and tongue-in-cheek and that he regrets if someone was offended by the Chinatown segment.

Ambushing journalist Amanda Terkel

In 2009, Watters and a cameraman followed journalist Amanda Terkel while she drove to Winchester, VA, for her holiday while filming for "The O'Reilly Factor" assignment. When they accosted her, Jesse asked her questions regarding an article she wrote criticizing Bill O'Reilly.

In 2016, journalist Ryan W. Grim approached Watters at a journalists' reception and asked him to apologize to Amanda Teker while recording with his phone camera. Watters took Grim’s phone, threw it on the floor, and then put it in his pocket. The two started shoving each other while Ryan tried to recover his phone.

Indecent comments about Ivanka Trump

In 2017, shortly after joining “The Five” as a co-host, Watters made a comment on Ivanka Trump, which was criticized as vulgar. He commented on a video of Ivanka speaking on a female entrepreneurship panel, adding that he liked the way she spoke on the microphone and imitating holding the microphone as a phallic symbol.

Jesse denied the criticism, claiming that he was referring to Ivanka's steady and soothing voice.

Comments on John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager

In 2017, Watters accused John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, of giving his password to a Russian hacker. He also claimed Podesta’s password was “password.” The claims were discarded as false.

QAnon comments

Jesse was also criticized for supporting the QAnon conspiracy theory, saying he didn’t see QAnon as dangerous as Antifa (an anti-racist political movement in the United States).

Later he stated that he only mentioned QAnon and doesn’t support and believe in the political conspiracy theory.

Deceiving his wife Emma DiGiovine

In April 2022, during the “The Five” show, Watters explained how he tricked Emma DiGiovine, his now-wife, by letting air out of her car tires and offering to give her a ride home. Watters was still married to his first wife while he was doing this deception.

Later, he stated that his trick “works like a charm”; when asked if his wife knows about it, he replied that now she does know. However, in a later “The Five” episode, Jesse stated that he was joking and never deflated anyone’s tires.

Personal life

Jesse Watters was married to Noelle Inguagiato from 2009 until 2019, and they have two twin daughters. They divorced after Watters admitted he had an affair with the former Fox News Channel producer Emma DiGiovine.

Watters and DiGiovine married in December 2019 and had a son in 2021.

Watters is a member of the Conservative Party of New York State.

Conclusion

Jesse Watters is a conservative political commentator. He appeared on several Fox News Channels talk shows such as "The O'Reilly Factor" and "Watters' World."

Currently, he’s the host of “Jesse Watters Primetime” and the co-host of the panel show “The Five.” His career is marked by numerous controversies related to his racist and vulgar comments.

Jesse Watters’ net worth is estimated at $20 million.

References

  1. Jesse Watters (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Watters (Accessed: November 22, 2022). 

  2. Jesse Watters (no date) Fox News. FOX News Network. Available at: https://www.foxnews.com/person/w/jesse-watters (Accessed: November 22, 2022). 

  3. The Five (talk show) (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Five_(talk_show) (Accessed: November 22, 2022).