Who is Jill Rhodes?
Jill Rhodes is an American journalist and the wife of conservative political commentator and talk show host Sean Hannity. An Alabama native, Rhodes was working as a political columnist for the ‘Huntsville Times’ when she first got a phone call from Hannity in 1991. He hosted a show on WVNN radio back then and often would often call her up to solicit story ideas. They met in person for the first time in 1992, and a year later, they were married. She has been with him for the majority of his career as a journalist, providing him support from beyond the spotlight. A man who cannot reiterate enough his core values about faith, family, and country, Hannity dedicated his 2002 book ‘Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty Over Liberalism’ to his wife and children.
The Meteoric Rise to Fame
Jill Rhodes is a University of Alabama graduate in journalism. In the intermediate months between first talking to Hannity on the phone and seeing him in person, he used to leave amusing and frequent voicemail messages to her. Intrigued, she attended the Huntsville mayoral debate he organized in 1992. She told the ‘People’ magazine in 2002, “I looked at his face and I said, ‘That is the man I’m going to marry.’” They wed in 1993. After they moved to New York, she worked as a book editor in Manhattan for a period of time.
In April 2017, amidst the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Fox News that saw the departure of former chief Roger Ailes and star conservative political commentator Bill O’Reilly from the basic cable news channel, Hannity was accused of inappropriate behaviour by a conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel. In an interview on KFAQ radio in Tulsa, Schussel claimed that Hannity had asked her to come back to his hotel with him after a show in which she appeared as a political pundit. She also stated that because of her refusal to do so, she had been blacklisted by Fox News. Hannity vehemently denied the allegations, calling it slander and threatening to take legal actions. Subsequently, there were rumours of a possible separation between him and Rhodes, but they were unfounded.
A month later, Hannity came under fire again for being one of prominent promoters of the conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party had DNC staffer Seth Rich murdered. Following this, he and Rhodes became victims of one of the long-running internet scams that use fake celebrity endorsements to promote their products. According to the advertisement, which was framed like an article, Hannity was in the risk of losing his job for doggedly running the story despite repeatedly being told not to do so. It also alleged that the intense speculations had led investigators to look into the finances of the entire Hannity family, bringing “Jill’s multi-million dollar secret” out in the open. The secret apparently was that she had developed a “plastic surgery alternative” called Nouveau Restor Revitalizing Moisturizer. Hannity later stated in an e-mailed statement to the ‘The Daily Beast’ that such claims were “all lies”.
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Jill Rhodes was born on August 27, 1962 in Alabama. Details about her parents, early life, and early education are not available to the media. Hannity and Rhodes have two children together, a son Patrick (born 1999) and a daughter Merri Kelley (born 2002) .The family resides in a five-bedroom house in Long Island, New York.