“It had a happy ending!” Jesse Watters protests, as he and other Fox News laugh uproariously at a stalker-level tale of a dating method that raises so many red flags a charging bull would change direction. Viewers — and Watters’ wife, who he says had never heard the story before — might not take it quite so lightly.
Last year, The Wrap listed some of the media presenters who’ve been fired or left their jobs in recent years amidst accusations of sexual misconduct. Of the eight listed, fully half — Bill O’Reilly, Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Ed Henry — were Fox News hosts.
Now, Jesse Watters, co-hosting The Five (coincidentally the same show that Guilfoyle used to co-host) is openly boasting of grossly predatory behavior, apparently considering it a heartwarming or amusing part of a genuine love story. Watch below as he boasts of letting the air out of an intern’s tires so she’d be forced to accept a ride home with him.
Jesse Watters jokes about how he courted a woman 14 years his junior. He let the air out of her tires so he could offer her a ride home. He leaves out that he was married at the time. This is some stalker nonsense. She also worked for him. It's a Fox News love story pic.twitter.com/ge9zZ2vMMH
— Decoding Fox News (@DecodingFoxNews) April 16, 2022
Even his co-hosts seem to think Watters has gone too far, suggesting he’s “basically the Zodiac killer,” and asking whether said intern — now his wife — knows that he essentially committed an act of vandalism to trap her in a vehicle with him. In his defense, Watters insists that the story has a “happy ending” since the two are now married.
Emma and I would like to announce our engagement! Thanks to all of our family and friends who’ve shown us so much love. We are so grateful ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qaKGGvHISD
— Jesse Watters (@JesseBWatters) August 25, 2019
(Yes, this is the same network promoting the notion that teachers who acknowledge the existence of LGBTQ people are predators.)
TheNetLine reports that after Watters told Fox the pair were in a relationship, she was immediately moved to work on a different show, The Ingraham Angle.
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