For more than two decades, Sean Hannity and Jill Rhodes were the power couple of journalism. While Hannity led the show The Sean Hannity Show for most of his career, Rhodes enjoyed a more diverse career. A private couple, Rhodes often avoided making appearances alongside Hannity in several red carpet events. While the pair faced a fair amount of tribulations in their marriage, things never looked like it would reach a breaking point. This is why fans were shocked when Rhodes and Hannity issued a joint statement of their divorce. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki bio of Jill Rhodes.
Jill Rhodes was born on the 27th of August 1962, in Alabama, USA. Born and raised in Alabama, Jill has revealed very little about her early life and doesn’t like talking much about her parents or siblings. After graduating from a local high school, Jill enrolled at the University of Alabama. It is known that she developed an early interest in journalism and was sure about what she wanted to do by the time she was in high school. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a BA degree in journalism and started working soon after.
After graduating, Jill started working as a political columnist in the magazine, Huntsville Times. Backed by an innate knack for reporting and journalism, Jill climbed through the ladder quickly and earned her position across several radio and TV networks. Around the same time, Jill met her future husband Sean and the pair started collaborating on several projects. At the same time, the pair began dating and their togetherness dictated the remainder of Jill’s career. The pair worked together as a pair. While Sean was often the leading man in most of the programs, Jill was the creative head behind it.
How did they meet?
Sean Hannity and Jill Rhodes met in Alabama in 1991. In 1991, Sean had dropped out of college and was establishing himself as a national conservative voice. At the time, Sean was working on his first major radio gig at WVNN in Huntsville, Alabama. During his time in Huntsville, Sean met Jill and took an instant liking to her. As Sean puts it,
“She was really talented — gifted, but I really just fell in love with the little picture in her column”.
When the pair first met, Sean, would often leave voicemails for Jill to solicit story ideas. Intrigued by his voice-mails, Jill attended a 1992 mayoral debate, which was set up by Sean.
A year after their first meeting, Sean accepted an offer to do a talk radio show in Atlanta. On his arrival, he asked Jill to move in with him, but Jill wanted to put a ring on it. In an interview, Sean revealed that most of her co-workers did not want Jill to marry Sean. He revealed,
“Everyone that she worked with at her newspaper warned her not to marry me. ‘You mean that guy on the radio?’ Because it was Huntsville, Alabama, and I’m Sean, the New York talk-radio.”
Despite all this, the pair tied the knot in 1993 and went on to have a son Patrick (1999), and a daughter Merri Kelly. In 2002, Sean dedicated his first book, Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty Over Liberalism to his wife and kids.
In 2013, rumors began circulating that Sean and Jill were looking to get divorced. The reason was infidelity on Sean’s part. Even though in 2017, Sean was accused of sexual harassment, the charges turned out to be false. However, in June 2020, the pair publicly announced their divorce which had finalized over a years earlier. While the reasons are yet to be disclosed, a statement from the pair read,
“Sean and Jill are committed to working together for the best interests of their children. Amicable agreements were entered into over four years ago between Sean and Jill. They maintain a close relationship as parents to their children. Neither will have any further comments and ask for the sake of their children that their privacy be respected.”