Emma DiGiovine is a Fox News associate producer, who became famous when she had an affair with, and then later married, Jesse Watters, host of Fox’s “Watters’ World.”
Early life and family
Emma DiGiovine was born in 1992, apparently on 29 May, in Cranford, New Jersey USA. Not much information is available about her family except for what she posted on her Instagram account. Based on the photos, it is clear that they have a close family, including with her grandparents. Her father isn’t named, but her mother’s name is Janice, and she has a brother named Greg, whom she considered her role model; he married his girlfriend Ashli in August 2019.
The whole family celebrates milestones and special occasions together, such as birthdays, mother’s day, father’s day, and Greg’s graduation. Her mother greeted her on her birthday posted on May 29, but it was not clear if that was her real birthdate.
She matriculated from the Academy of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station, New Jersey, and graduated in 2014 with a major in journalism from Fairfield University, Connecticut. While she was still in college, she had an internship at the public relations department of the Showtime Network. She also worked with the school newspaper, “The Mirror,” and was the Director of Marketing for the university student association.
DiGiovine signed with MSA Models and pursued a career in modeling from mid-2012 to 2014. She also worked as assistant editor at Wainscot Media. It had always been her dream to work at Fox News, and it came true in 2015 when she worked as the production assistant on Fox News’ weekly talk show, “Stossel,” hosted by John Stossel, and her first on-air assignment was an interview for show segment in October. In 2016, she worked as an associate producer on “Watters’ World”, then in 2017 she was later transferred to the opinion-based and current affairs program, “The Ingraham Angle”.
Emma is 28 years old and married to 41-year-old Jesse Watters.
He announced their engagement on 26 August 2019 on his Twitter account, and was even congratulated by President Donald Trump as he retweeted Jesse’s announcement, adding ‘Jesse & Emma, Great News.’ The couple married in December 2019, and Jesse shared their photo on their wedding day on Twitter in January 2020 with the caption, ‘I’m Watters and this is my wife. #loveyou.’ He did the same thing on Instagram, but with the hashtag, ‘soulmate.’ His twins were the flower girls at the wedding. Jesse would often post photos of himself and Emma as well, when they were with the kids on family trips. Emma is also generous in sharing photos of her new family.
Their love story didn’t have a great start as Jesse was married at that time to Noelle Inguagiato Watters. Emma and Jesse had an affair – it wasn’t revealed when it started. The first photo of her and Jesse that she posted was in July 2016, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Speculation within the network about their relationship only came about when both of them started uploading photos of time spent together, such as their vacation in the Caribbean. News of the impending divorce and the reason for it was only made public in March 2018.
Jesse met his first wife, Noelle at Fox News, as she was in the advertising and promotions department. They were married in 2009, and had twin girls, Sophie and Ellie in 2011.
After Noelle’s maternity leave, she didn’t return to work. It was said that she filed for divorce in October of 2017 after she learned about her husband’s affair. Jesse then informed the Chief of Human Resources of the network in November about his consensual yet adulterous relationship with a member of his staff, DiGiovine. Management met with Jesse and Emma, and she was transferred to another program, Laura Ingraham’s “The Ingraham Angle.” The divorce was finalized in March of 2019.
Who is Jesse Watters?
Jesse Watters was born on 9 July 1978, and grew up in Germantown and East Falls in northwest Philadelphia. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2001 from Trinity College, Connecticut. While in college, he worked as an intern for then-Senator Joseph Lieberman.
After graduation, he was hired by Fox News in 2001 as a production assistant, and worked in the basement logging videotapes. In 2003, Jesse became part of the production staff of the TV news and talk show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” hosted by Bill O’Reilly whom he considered his mentor. Jesse first appeared on air in 2004 in the man-on-the-street interview segment of the show, which became a regular item, and he became well‑known for his ambush-like interviews – O’Reilly dubbed this segment as “Watters’ World.”
In 2014, he would occasionally guest co-host on the talk show and news program “Outnumbered,” on Fox News Channel.
His biggest break, however, was having his own show on Fox from 20 November 2015, entitled, “Watters’ World”, a news show in which he analyzes and talks about the headlines with a panel of guests and also features man-on-the-street-style interview segment. It started as a monthly special, then became a weekly show in January 2017, and now has over 200 episodes aired, and counting. In April of that year, he became a co-host or part of the five-member panel of the talk show “The Five,” in which the panel discusses controversies and hot issues. The format and style of the show is similar to that of the popular and award-winning show, “The View.” Critics gave positive reviews of the show.
Just two days after Jesse became part of “The Five,” there were calls for his firing as he made a suggestive remark about how Ivanka Trump was speaking into the mic, and even made a vulgar gesture. He denied that his comment was sexual in nature and wasn’t fired, but wasn’t seen on the show for two days after that. This was not the first time that he was involved in a controversy because of what he said or commented on. Back in 2016, during the five-minute segment on the O’Reilly show, he made offensive remarks and questions while in Chinatown, stereotyping Asian-Americans such as asking a street vendor if what he’s selling were stolen, or asking two men about their opinion of Mrs Hillary Clinton and when they answered in English with Chinese accent, subtitles were displayed at the bottom of the screen. People were outraged and staged a protest outside Fox headquarters in Manhattan.
8pm ET tonight pic.twitter.com/mJRJdTZzeE
— Jesse Watters (@JesseBWatters) July 25, 2020
He expressed regret that people were offended, but he said that his interviews were meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek or a light-hearted joke, although most people were not amused by this.
Interesting facts and rumors
- Emma was a member of the Fairfield University Dance Ensemble in 2014.
- Emma learned to dance ballet when she was a young girl.
- On her profile at the social network for aspiring models, Model Mayhem, she indicated that she would not tolerate nudity.
- She danced on Jets training back in March 2013.
- Her family is a strong supporter of President Trump.
- She was in a car accident in 2014, and broke her hand in three places.
- She started her YouTube channel, “Emma Watters Workout,” on 3 April 2020, which features a variety of workout routines such as cardio burst, upper body burnout, and high intensity interval training.
She is 5ft 6ins (1.7m) tall, weighs 116lbs (53kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-26-36. She has dark brown hair and blue eyes.
Her income as a model and as a production assistant hasn’t been disclosed, however, sources estimate her net worth to be around $500,000 as of early 2020. Her husband, Jesse Watters, is reputed to have an annual salary of $2 million at Fox News, and an estimated net worth of over $5 million as of 2020, according to authoritative sources.