The host of the long-running radio program, The Sean Hannity Show, has proven that he doesn’t only know how to be successful career-wise; he has translated that success into his personal life-sustaining a lovely home. Even though the journalist has a high profile and chose a wife within the limelight, he is one of the famous people who still boast of a stable and happy marriage with their longtime partners.
The controversial TV star and his beloved significant other (Jill Rhodes) have been having quite a happy marriage for over two decades, prompting many to wonder what their secret is. The answer is glaring – they share a lot in common.
Also, a look at their love story might be an additional hint on why they have been able to sustain the marriage.
Jill Rhodes and Sean Hannity’s Love Story
In a country like the United States where everyone feels the need to identify either as Blue (left-wing) or Red (right-wing), a whole lot of hate and resentment is often directed by a vast majority of the public on others with an opposing political ideology. An example of one who in recent times is always at the receiving end of such resentment because of his conservative political beliefs and controversial nature is popular political commentator, journalist, and author Sean Hannity. However irrespective of our variance in ideology, one thing we can all admire about Sean Hannity is his sincere and genuine love for his wife, Jill Rhodes who he has been married to for over two decades.
As the story goes, Sean Hannity and Jill Rhodes met during the Huntsville Mayoral Debate in 1992. At that time, she was a journalist while Hannity was the host of a talk show on the Alabama radio-based station WVNN. They exchanged contacts and Hannity soon began soliciting for advice and ideas for his talk show from her. Within a short period of time, they began dating and in 1993 they tied the knot in a wedding ceremony attended by close friends and family.
Rhodes would later reveal to the media that she fell in love with Hannity on the first day she met him, and knew instantly that he was the man she intended to spend the rest of her life with. The couple is blessed with two beautiful children – Patrick (born in 1999) and Merri Kelley Hannity (born in 2002).
Has Their Marriage Been All Rosy?
Having been married for 26 years, one might feel tempted to tag their marriage a fairy-tale but to be honest, they have had their own fair share of ups and downs. In 2017, the couples were rumored to be in the process of getting a divorce with several media houses claiming Hannity was caught pants down with another woman by his wife. That same year, Hannity was also accused by controversial American attorney and political commentator, Debbie Schlussel, of sexual harassment; a crime which he vehemently denied on his show (on April 24, 2017) to the point of threatening legal action against her.
Despite all these controversies and accusations of infidelity the relationship and love between Hannity and Rhodes seem to be waxing stronger, with Hannity openly acknowledging his wife as the reason for his career successes.
The couples alongside their two children live in a mansion in New York rumored to be worth $3.5 million.
How She Went From A TV Sweetheart To A Stay At Home Mom
Jill Rhodes is known to be a private person but she is also known to have a successful career in journalism. And unlike most people who claim to be fully decided about what they want to become in life from childhood, Rhodes begs to differ.
As a matter of fact, during her formative years, she was known to have a huge liking for social activities to the point that her parents thought she would pick a career that was closely connected to the social services, but that was never to be. Instead, she decided to study Journalism and currently holds a B.A in Journalism from the University of Alabama. Upon graduation from college, she worked with Huntsville Times as a political writer. It was during her time working with Huntsville that she first met her husband, Sean Hannity during a Huntsville Mayoral Debate.
After getting married to Hannity, she quit her job and moved to Manhattan, New York where she served briefly as a book editor. For reasons best known to her, she decided to call it quits on her promising career to utilize all her creative abilities in helping Hannity build a brand that would stand the test of time. Not much is known as regards her recent activities due to the fact that she doesn’t have a social media presence.
Also, as a reserved woman who hardly shares her personal activities with the public, her net worth, and a good number of other information about herself is not known to the public.
A Glance At Her Husband, Sean Hannity’s Career
While Jill’s career seems to be on hold at least for now, Sean Hannity, her husband remains in the spotlight and continues to build his brand. The controversial conservative who has earned a reputation as a pro-Trump is one of the most-watched cable news anchors on TV. This has swiftly made him one of the highest-paid news anchors on Fox Channel with a salary estimated at $36 million yearly.
The TV personality who thrives on both TV and radio has also become one of the wealthiest TV news anchors in the world with his net worth estimated at $80 million, most of which he earned from his media engagements including signing multi-million contracts with remarkable media outlets.
One such deal is the much-talked-about $25 million contract extension deal he signed with ABC radio in 2001. Also, around the same time when Citadel Communications took over ABC radio three years later, he signed a five-year contract worth $100 million with the new management.
In addition to his TV and radio presence, Hannity has appeared in some movies such as Atlas Shrugged: Who I John Galt (2014), The Siege (1998), among others.
The celebrated host has also thrived as an author. So far, he has published three New York Times Bestsellers including Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism.