Sean Hannity and his top-rated news show might portray a sophisticated, clever and composed image. Still, the conservative host associated with Fox News has quite a shady past. A staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, Hannity is one of the biggest names in the American News industry. His show, Hannity, is the most-watched cable news program in its time slot in America.

Besides his TV presence, his radio show is the second most-listened-to-show in the US. He has been the figure of significant controversies over the years. He has been vocal about his support for Republican policies. Over the years, Hannity has amassed a massive net worth of $220 million with an annual salary of $40 million.

Despite his best attempts, Hannity remains constantly surrounded by controversy, most of which he tries to wave off by claiming it to be “fake news.” On paper, Sean Hannity is just a political commentator. Still, there are some dark secrets about his personal life when you dig deeper.

Controversial First Job of Sean Hannity

Sean Hannity never finished college. He claimed that he ran out of money to fund his education and had to drop out. To support himself, he landed a job at the University of California’s KCSB radio station in 1989. 

Sean Hannity took a picture for a Facebook post
Sean Hannity took a picture for a Facebook post. Source: Facebook

Hannity began to develop his trademark radio hosting style, but it was not without its speed bumps. Hannity became known to have dabbled too much in conspiracy theories about AIDS and homosexuality. He claimed that people who believed homosexuality to be normal were brainwashed in one incident. Needless to say, his ignorant comments resulted in Hannity losing his job. 

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Association with Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen is an American attorney who served as a lawyer for Donald Trump. After a federal investigation began, Trump fired Cohen. Cohen was later found guilty after he admitted to misusing campaign funds. Moreover, Cohen was recently sentenced to prison.

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Surprisingly, when a judge ordered him to name his clients, he mentioned Sean Hannity among the three he had been providing legal counseling for. Hannity was quick to defend himself, claiming that he had only sought some advice regarding real estate, despite Cohen’s insistence that he was indeed a client. Many scrutinized the defensive behavior due to Cohen’s long history of scandalous behavior.

Influence In the White House

Hannity has long since maintained the image of a simple-minded political commentator. However, many journalists provide a somewhat conflicting image of Hannity. In research conducted by The Washington Post, former campaign associates and anonymous sources revealed that Hannity has close ties to President Trump.

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Trump consults with Hannity frequently, often speaking about the media and legal probes. Hannity has long since proved a close adviser to Trump. So impactful is Hannity’s influence that many in the White House call him the “unofficial Chief of Staff.” Despite this, Hannity denies his ties to the POTUS.

Irresponsible Gun Handling

A more disturbing issue surrounding Hannity is an off-air incident wherein he is said to have drawn a gun on a guest speaker. Furthermore, someone pointed a laser dot sight at the guest Juan Williams. The incident is said to have been so disturbing that witnesses to the event brought it to the attention of Fox executives.

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When asked about the incident, he denied the allegations. He said that he was demonstrating an unloaded weapon to a friend and that the situation was under control. Many scoffed at the claim since Hannity has a long history of controversial incidents.

Suspicious Real Estate Deals

Sean Hannity has presented himself as a voice of the middle-class people of America. However, he has exploited the troubles of middle-class families in the past. Hannity amassed a real estate empire by purchasing foreclosed homes. Many believe that Hannity bought over ten properties from convicted fraud Jeffrey Wayne Brock.

Sean Hannity and his friend David Limbaugh at his radio station
Sean Hannity and his friend David Limbaugh at his radio station. Source: Facebook

Brock was alleged to rigging auctions to buy foreclosed properties at minimum bidding prices. He was sent to prison for fraud, and Hannity denied that he ever invested in Brock. Despite his claims, it remains suspicious that Hannity was associated with a somewhat controversial figure.

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