VF: Sean Hannity Is Dating Ainsley Earhardt, Hannity Recently Announced Divorce
According to Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Ainsley Earhardt have been quietly dating for months, a story that emerged just a week after Hannity confirmed his divorce from his wife of 20 years.
- Page Six reported last Wednesday that Hannity and Jill Rhodes parted ways more than a year ago and had been separated for years before that but kept the split a secret.
- The former couple told Page Six in a statement: “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."
- Earhardt and her husband reportedly revealed in October 2019 that they had divorced.
- Sherman wrote that two of Hannity’s friends said they suspected his relationship with Earhardt based on observing the pair in social situations.
“I knew they were involved. I saw it when we were all together,” a Fox staffer told me. “It wasn’t even that hidden,” a Hannity friend said.
- The staffer also told Sherman that Earhardt has been hosting Fox & Friends from a studio in Hannity’s basement amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- In all, four current and former Fox News staffer said Hannity and Earhardt are a couple but have not acknowledged their relationship publicly.
- Hannity said through a Fox News spokesperson: “I do not discuss my personal life in public.”
- Earhardt said through the same avenue: “Right now I am focused on raising my daughter. As anyone at Fox News will tell you, Sean is a wonderful person and whomever he chooses to date will be extremely fortunate.”
- She added that she is not dating anyone.
- A former Fox News executive speculated that the Page Six story indicated that Hannity and Earhardt intend to go public with their relationship in the near future, with Hannity desiring to let the world know he was no longer married when he began dating Earhardt.
- But a person who spoke with Hannity about the story told Sherman: “Sean thinks someone is trying to hurt him.”
- And a colleague told the journalist: “He really has become kind of paranoid. He answers emails cryptically. It’s like he’s gone into the bunker.”
Sherman noted that “Hannity and Earhardt are among the last bastion of unwavering Trump loyalists.”