Who is Jill Rhodes?

Jill Rhodes is an American journalist and book editor, who worked for the Huntsville Times, but is probably better known to the world as the ex-wife of the infamous television personality, political commentator, Sean Hannity. She has decided for a less glamorous life since their wedding, working as a book editor and Sean’s political consultant.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Education

Jill Rhodes was born on 27th August 1962 in Montgomery, Alabama USA, under the zodiac sign of Virgo to Native American parents; however, there is no information about their names and whether she has siblings or not. She grew up in her hometown where she finished high school, and after matriculation enrolled at the University of Alabama, from which she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.

Career Beginnings and Meeting with Sean Hannity

Jill was hired by Huntsville Times to work as a political columnist, chasing various stories involving politicians of the area. She became rather successful in her field of work, as several national media talking about her endeavors got Sean Hannity interested; at the time, he was working for a local radio station as a political commentator and radio show host. He would phone young Jill for new stories and information, leaving quite a few voicemails that intrigued Jill. They developed a certain bond, and in 1992 the two met for the first time when Sean organized the Huntsville mayoral debate and Jill was in attendance. Once she laid her eyes on him, she knew that she is going to marry him, which she even said in an interview for People magazine back in 2002.

Relationship with Hannity and Further Career

The two started a romance in 1992 and married on 9 January 1993. Sean got a new career position in Atlanta, Georgia, as he was one of the early Fox News hosts. She stood beside him and helped him with her own insights, becoming the editor of the show “Hannity”. After a while, when Fox News became more successful, they moved to New York City, as Sean assumed the newest office, and “The Hannity” has since become one of the most followed shows, with Sean winning numerous accolades for his work, while Jill stayed behind the camera and microphone all those years, supporting, helping him succeed. She as well worked as a book editor in Manhattan, but chose to stay away from all the glitz and glamour.

Affairs, Problems, Divorce

They had their ups and downs throughout their marriage,,with Sean publishing the book “Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty Over Liberalism”, dedicated to her and their children. However, it hasn’t all been good, and they ultimately divorced in 2019, having split up a couple of years before. The entire Fox News was under investigation over sexual harassment claims, and Sean was one of those investigated when new allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, and all of this put a strain on their relationship. He even made inappropriate comments about other women in 2014, all of which led to their divorce.The process began in 2015, though they have remained on good turns for the benefit of their children The couple has a son Patrick born in 1998, and daughter Merri born in 2001. Both of them went to Cold Spring Harbor High School, while Patrick then enrolled at Wake Forest University, and Merri is now a student at the University of Michigan.

How rich is Jill Rhodes? Where is She Now?

As of early 2021, Jill Rhodes’ net worth has been estimated to be $55 million, earned through her successful career as a journalist and editor on “Hannity”, among other professional endeavors.

Although Jill and Sean have divorced, she continues to work on his show “Hannity”, and in addition, is focused on raising their children, while apparently planning a move to Florida in the upcoming years.

Jill Rhodes’ Ex-Husband, Sean Hannity

Sean Patrick Hannity was born on 30 December 1961, in New York State, USA, to Hugh Hannity and his wife Lillian. Of Irish ancestry, Sean grew up in Franklin Square on Long Island, with his two sisters, being raised by a World War II veteran father and a stenographer mother.

Sean Hannity

He attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Hempstead, New York, and later St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary in Uniondale, New York. After high school, he enrolled at New York University, however, he dropped out before ever reaching a degree. He tried one more time at Adelphi University, but still couldn’t finish his studies.

Career before Radio

Sean began a house-painting agency in the early ‘80s, but after a few years he gave up, and started working as a building contractor in Santa Barbara, California. His first job on the radio happened in the late ‘80s, when he was a volunteer at a college station at University of California, Santa Barbara, KCSB-FM. Unfortunately, this ended quite badly for Sean, since the show aired only for 40 hours before it was canceled due to controversial comments he made about the LGBT community.

Radio Career

Despite the fiasco, he started seeking a job on the radio, presenting himself as the most talked-about college radio host in America. He was hired by the WVNN radio station, based in Athens, Alabama, a part of the Huntsville media and marked as their new afternoon talk show host. Achieving success as a conservative political commentator moved him further, as he joined WGST in Atlanta in 1992, assuming the position previously held by Neal Boortz who switched stations to take a job at WSB, which is WGST’s counterpart. Five years later, Sean joined WABC in New York, and since then has become one of the most successful if controversial radio talk-show hosts and commentators. He stayed at WABC until 2013, and from 2014 onwards, he could be heard on WOR.

Television Career

Back in 1996, the co-founder of Fox News Roger Ailes, hired Sean as the host of the newly-created show “Hannity and LTBD” (liberal to be determined), and joined by Alan Colmes, the show became known as “Hannity & Colmes”. This lasted until 2008 when Colmes left the show, and the name of the show became “Hannity”. In addition Sean is also the host of the Sunday night television show “Hannity’s America”, which started airing in 2007. Furthermore, he has contributed to several other shows on Fox News, including “Fox and Friends”, “The Ingraham Angle”, and “Fox Files”, among others.

Controversies, Sexual Harassment Allegations

Throughout his career, Sean’s conservative take on things has created controversial statements that have actually only increased his popularity, or at least following. His take on LGBT, then the negation of the scientific evidence of climate change, and promotion of several conspiracy theories involving Hilary Clinton and the Democratic Party, made him adored by Republicans and the far right.

He has become so close with former President Donald Trump that he bought a house within walking distance from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

When the entire Fox News sexual harassment case broke out, Sean supported Roger Ailes and stated that he considers Roger as his second father. However, Sean also came under scrutiny in 2013, and since then has been fighting against the various comments. For now, he remains at Fox News as one of the most successful talk-show hosts.

Sean Hannity Net Worth and Life After Divorce

As of early 2021, Sean Hannity’s net worth has been estimated at a stunning $250 million, earned through his successful career both on radio and television, while his salary is $40 million.

Following his divorce from Jill, Sean started a romance with his colleague Ainsley Earhardt. She is a host of the vastly popular “Fox & Friends” show.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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