New York Daily News

HIS FOX-Y AFFAIR

- BY STEPHEN REX BROWN

FOX NEWS is in sleazy Watters yet again.

The network’s prominent host Jesse Watters — who dined on Monday with President Trump — is in the midst of divorce due to an affair with a 25-year-old associate producer.

Watters’ wife, Noelle Watters, filed for divorce in October. The couple has twin girls.

Sources said the 39-year-old host informed the network of his adulterous relationsh­ip with Emma DiGiovine shortly after Noelle filed divorce papers.

DiGiovine was transferre­d to “The Ingraham Angle.”

She and Watters are still dating, sources said. A woman at DiGiovine’s home in Cranford, N.J. declined to comment.

“Within 24 hours of Jesse Watters voluntaril­y reporting to the chief of human resources in November 2017 that he was in a consensual relationsh­ip with a woman on his staff, management met with both parties and a decision was made for the woman to be transferre­d to work on another program on the network where she currently remains,” the spokespers­on said.

Attorneys for Noelle and Jesse Watters did not comment.

Sources said rumors of the host’s relationsh­ip with DiGiovine spread within the network late last year as both posted social media photos of their outings together, including on a Caribbean vacation.

Watters, who has been described as Fox News’ golden boy, tweeted a photo Thursday of a dinner menu from The White House signed by Trump.

“To Jesse you are great!” Trump wrote on the menu.

Former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka also attended the steak dinner, according to The Daily Beast.

The site quoted a source who said Trump invited Watters and Gorka because “he couldn’t get enough of them on TV.”

The meal came as The White House battles a claim in Los Angeles court that Trump had an affair with a porn star, Stormy Daniels, in 2006.

Watters has pursued his on-the-job romance as Fox News struggles to move on from a barrage of shocking allegation­s about its workplace culture. The network’s founder, Roger Ailes, was ousted in July 2016 amid allegation­s of sick sexual harassment and sexism.

Bill O’Reilly — a mentor to Watters — was ousted in April 2017 after it emerged he’d secretly settled multiple lawsuits regarding sexual harassment and other inappropri­ate behavior. O’Reilly’s exit resulted in a reshufflin­g of Fox News’

prime time lineup and Watters replaced Eric Bolling on “The Five.” Bolling got his own show but was ousted in September following a report he sent unsolicite­d photos of male genitalia to colleagues.

Watters met his now-estranged wife at Fox News. Noelle worked in the advertisin­g and promotions department and was the host of a web show called iMag Style. The two married in 2009 and had twin girls in 2011, according to reports. She didn’t return to Fox after maternity leave. Watters has discussed his marriage onair. He said he was stunned when Noelle said she voted for then-President Barack Obama in 2012. It turned out she was joking. “She got me good,” he recalled. But it wasn't a big deal, anyway, he added.

 ??  ?? Fox’s Jesse Watters is divorcing wife Noelle (photo left) after starting relationsh­ip with associate producer Emma DiGiovine (photo far right). With Esha Ray and Edgar Sandoval
Fox’s Jesse Watters is divorcing wife Noelle (photo left) after starting relationsh­ip with associate producer Emma DiGiovine (photo far right). With Esha Ray and Edgar Sandoval

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