When you’re born to celebrity parents, growing up in the full glare of the public is more often than not non-negotiable. You don’t really get to choose which details of your life are free for picking and which ones stay private. Such is the story of Merri Kelly Hannity.
Merri was born to political commentator and tv host Sean Hannity, and journalist, Jill Rhodes. The youngster has been taught early on the pitfalls of the media and with the help of her family stays as far away from the commentary as she can while focusing on building her career in the field of sports as a tennis player. Here’s everything we know about Merri Kelly Hannity.
Merri Kelly Hannity – Bio
The budding tennis player and celebrity kid was born in 2002. The exact date of her birth is unknown. Merri’s love for sports was sparked at a really young age and for the better part of her life, she has been slugging it out on the court with the hope of having a fully professional career someday. She is focused and mentally resilient; attributes that all her coaches so far have admired in her for someone her age.
Although nothing is known about Merri Hannity’s growing years or education, it is known that she was a crucial tennis player in high school. In 2016, she memorably also represented Cold Spring Harbor at Nassau while she was in the 9th grade. Merri Kelly Hannity made it to the Nassau County Singles title game where she beat Oyster Bay representative, Courtney Kowalsky 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 to clinch the title.
Family: Parents and Siblings
Through the union of her parents, Sean Hannity and Jill Rhodes, Merri has only one sibling, a brother, Sean Patrick Hannity. Sean is four years older than her; he was born on November 3, 1998. Like Merri, her brother is also working towards a professional tennis career and started training before she ever picked up the racket.
Merri’s dad, Sean didn’t have any sports experience growing up as he always had his sights set on a career in journalism. He started his career as a volunteer talk show host during his time at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989. Sean would later pick up stints at WVNN, WABC, and WGST. He joined Fox in 1996 and co-hosted the live television show Hannity & Colmes with Alan Colmes until 2008. The TV star is known mostly for his nationally syndicated radio talk show, The Sean Hannity Show, and his cable news show Hannity.
Merri Kelly Hannity’s mother, Jill Rhodes, also works in the same industry as her father. In fact, they both met while dispensing their duties. Jill obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Alabama. She is also trained in theology and pastoral counseling from Liberty University. Before her time with Sean and subsequently deciding to focus more on the home front, Jill Rhodes was a political columnist for the Huntsville Times. It was here that she met her would-be husband who at the time was employed by WVNN in Huntsville.
All About Sean Hannity’s Daughter
1. Merri Kelly Hannity is Not Active on Social Media
As unusual as this may sound, the up and coming tennis star doesn’t have any social media presence – at least not under her real name. Whether this is a tactic to keep the prying eyes of the media away from her life or whether it is a means of minimizing distraction from her career is up for debate.
2. Merri’s Father is a Strong Supporter of Trump’s Presidency
Her father, Sean has always been a conservative and has shown such from his days co-hosting Hannity & Colmes. So perhaps, it isn’t surprising that the talk show host is a strong supporter of President Trump. He defends a lot of his policies and even talks directly to him on weekdays every week.
3. Her Father, Sean Hannity is a University Dropout
According to some sources, Merri’s family net worth is evaluated at $80 million dollars, largely due to Hannity’s work. However, the political commentator didn’t always have money to do what he wanted. In fact, a lack of finance was the reason her Merri’s father could never stay in school long enough to obtain a degree. He had brief stints at UC Santa Barbara, New York University, and Adelphi University, totaling all of two years.
4. She Has a Book Dedicated to Her
Merri Kelly Hannity’s father is also an author and in 2002, he published his first work titled “Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty Over Liberalism.” He dedicated the book to Merri, her brother and her mother, Jill.
5. Her Mother Isn’t in Support of Sean’s Stance with the President
Sean has been a long time supporter of Trump and his views since before he won the election. And this has been good for business as it has contributed to making his shows some of the most watched and listened to across the country.
While her mother is also conservative at heart, she opposes her husband’s support for Trump, mainly because she believes the President to be a misogynist. However, she doesn’t talk about her reservations in public.