Sean Hannity, born Sean Patrick Hannity, is a renowned American television presenter, multi-talented actor, conservative political commentator, prolific writer, and author. His stint in the media industry began in 1989. So far, he has worked with different brands, written three New York Times bestsellers, and also won several awards. Sean’s syndicated radio show ‘The Sean Hannity Show’ discusses trendy issues and politics on several radio stations in America. He also hosts a highly-rated eponymous show on Fox News. Hannity, today, is a celebrated personality both within and outside the media dynasty. Many have long become interested in his life beyond his career. Hannity was for over two decades married to Jill Rhodes, however, their marriage ended in 2019.
Hannity’s Wife Was His Rock In The Times They Were Married
The couple first met in 1991 at WVNN radio in Huntsville Alabama while Sean was working at WVNN radio and Jill at the Huntsville Times as a political columnist. Sean revealed that at the time, he would call Jill up to brainstorm on ideas and would also leave her funny voicemails. They immediately hit it off and after a couple of years of dating, were married in 1993. After their marriage, the former flame split their times between Oyster Bay, Long Island, and Naples, Florida.
Though she largely keeps a private lifestyle, Rhodes was obviously supportive of her husband in the times they were married, as she was said to be one of those who contributed to the growth and success of his popular radio show. Sean famously referred to her as the love of his life in his 2002 bestselling book Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism. He dedicated the book to her.
Like Sean, Rhode graduated with a degree in journalism from Alabama University, she was born in Montgomery of the state of Alabama on 27th August 1962. She also studied theology and pastoral counseling at conservative hotbed Liberty University. She once worked in Manhattan, New York as a book editor.
She is said to have moved with Sean to Atlanta, Georgia where the TV host played important roles in launching Fox News. She reportedly stopped working in 2002 to focus on her family and raising her kids. It was around this time that she welcomed a second child with the famed journalist. People Magazine referred to her at the time as a homemaker.
Their Divorce Was Reportedly Amicable
In June 2020, it was widely reported that Sean Hannity was divorced from Jill Rhodes, bringing an end to their marriage of over 20 years. The couple managed to keep their split off the media’s knowledge for a long time as the details made it to the media light about a year after they had officially signed the divorce papers. The reports also revealed that the duo had been separated for several years.
In their joint statement to PEOPLE, the former couple stated that they entered into an amicable agreement more than four years ago. The couple also revealed that they would maintain a close relationship with their children and that they are committed to working together for the best interest of their children. In their statement, the former couple added that they would not make further comments to protect their privacy for the sake of their kids.
Sources told Page Six that the couple remains very active in their children’s life, attending dinner together and supporting them at their respective sporting events. While the couple gave no reason for their split, the source also added that infidelity was not responsible for the split.
Sources to the Daily Mail said a close friend revealed that Hannity’s hectic career contributed to the divorce as the couple barely spent quality time together.
Hannity and His Former Wife Jill Rhodes Share Two Kids
Name: Sean Patrick Hannity
- Born: 3rd November 1998
- Known For: Tennis Player
The name of Hannity’s oldest child and only son is Sean Patrick Hannity. The young man was born in the United States of America on 3rd November 1998. He is a table tennis player and Laurel Springs School alumnus. A redshirt sophomore at Wake Forest University, he was ranked No. 114 at his high school and also emerged as a New York State doubles finalist in the year 2015. The 5 feet 10 inches tall athlete is, no doubt, already on his way to greatness – many thanks to his supportive parents and sister.
Name: Merri Kelly Hannity
- Born: 2001
- Known For: Tennis Player
Sean’s second child and only daughter is called Merri Kelly Hannity. She is also a tennis player with a fast-growing career. She arrived in the family in 2001 but the specific date and month she was born are yet to be disclosed publicly. Raised in a staunch Catholic family, Merri started investing her time and energy in her favourite sports from her childhood.
Merri Kelly Hannity (Cold Spring Harbor) def. Courtney Kowalsky (Oyster Bay) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 to win the Nassau County Singles Title. pic.twitter.com/a2LexztUDA
— New York Tennis Mag (@NYTennisMag) October 16, 2016
In October 2016, she made it to the tennis finals in Nassau as team Cold Spring Harbor representative in the singles championships. She played the final match against her best friend Courtney Kowalsky who plays for Oyster Bay. The two who reportedly met for the first time on the court have battled out on the court on many occasions as they quickly built a stronger relationship.
As of 2019, she has an estimated net worth of $1 million. As regards her presence on social media, the young lady is not active on any of the social media platforms, this is perhaps a way of protecting herself from the numerous criticisms that plague her father due to the nature of his career.
Sean Hannity Has Allegedly Moved On With A Colleague
As the couple had entered into an amicable agreement to separate at least around 2017, they’ve had enough time to move on with their love lives. While not many details have surfaced on Rhode’s new love interest due to her private life, the more popular Hannity has already been linked with someone. According to PEOPLE, the ace journalist has been dating fellow Fox News host, Ainsley Earhardt.
When Vanity first reported that they were an item, each of the journalists was quick to debunk the claims with Earhardt saying that she was only focused on raising her daughter and not seeing anyone while Hannity simply said he does not discuss his private life in public.
The source who is said to be in their circle said that they had been secretly seeing for a while and that their relationship was an open secret.