Jesse Watters, 39, is in the midst of a divorce fight with his wife of nine years Noelle, after admitting to an affair with his 25-year-old associate producer Emma DiGiovine, the New York Daily News reported on Saturday.
The up-and-coming Fox News star, who just landed his own show last year, told his bosses about the affair shortly after Noelle filed for divorce in October, sources told the outlet.
DiGiovine was transferred to work for The Ingraham Angle, but she and Watters have continued to date, sources said.
According to her LinkedIn profile, DiGiovine became Watters’ associate producer in June 2016, when his segment was still part of O’Reilly’s show.
Watters’ humorous approach fell flat at times, such as in an October 2016 segment he filmed in New York City’s Chinatown. It was panned as ‘racist’ after he wandered the streets asking locals if they knew karate and how often their watches were stolen.
The segment, Watters’ World, was spun out into a weekly show in January 2017. It airs at 8pm on Saturdays, combining humor and political news in a fresh slant aimed at a younger audience.
When O’Reilly was ousted from the network in April 2017, over revelations that he’d secretly settled numerous sexual harassment suits, Watters also replaced Eric Bolling on The Five. Bolling himself was outsted in September over sexual harassment allegations.
Watters is said to be a favorite cable news personality of President Donald Trump, and even dined with the commander-in-chief on Monday.
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