Inside Secrets Behind Fox News Hosts’ Relationships With Their Children
Fox News hosts spend most of their lives in the newsroom, but many of them have lives outside of politics that you might not know about. Some hosts have strong ties to their children, while some have lost custody or, sadly, lost a child. Here’s everything we know about some popular news anchors’ relationships with their kids.
Domestic violence caused Bill O’Reilly to lose custody of his children
Former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly lost custody of his two children in 2016 after a domestic violence dispute between O’Reilly and his now ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy. O’Reilly’s daughter told the court that she saw him dragging her mother down the stairs by the neck. His daughter and son both told the court they wanted to live full time with their mother. The court gave McPhilmy full custody of her children. O’Reilly appealed, but the court unanimously ruled against him.
Next: This host left the network to be with her family.
Megyn Kelly claims she left Fox News to spend more time with her kids
Rumors swirled about Megyn Kelly’s true reasons for leaving Fox News, but the former anchor insists her decision was based on her family. Kelly, the former host of The Kelly File, said it was the lack of quality time she was spending with her children that led her to leave the network. “I hadn’t tucked them into bed on a weeknight in three years,” she told People. She said switching to NBC meant she could be home when her kids got done with school, and she’d be able to watch them grow up.
Next: This host lost a son within hours of being fired from Fox News Channel.
Former commentator Eric Bolling lost his only son to an opioid overdose in 2017
Eric Bolling, a former Fox News commentator who was fired from the network over sexual harassment allegations, lost his only child to a drug overdose in September 2017. His son, Eric Chase, was a sophomore at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His autopsy found cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, and fentanyl in his system. Since his death, Bolling has become a spokesperson for the opioid crisis.
Next: This host’s husband had an illegitimate child during their marriage.
Jeanine Pirro’s husband had an affair and fathered a love child with another woman
Jeanine Pirro, host of Justice With Judge Jeanine, divorced her husband, Al Pirro, in 2013 after the couple separated in 2007. Al Pirro was jailed for tax evasion a few years prior, but he was also guilty of something else: Adultery. Al Pirro fathered a love child with a woman he cheated on Jeanine Pirro with; the child was born in 1982. When Jeanine Pirro was under investigation for recording her husband’s conversations with the hope of proving his adultery, his love child came to his defense. “Your privacy is your privacy…If she did record my dad or anything, I’d have to be on his side,” she told reporters, according to the New York Daily News.
Next: This host surprised fans when he became a father at age 54 — and wrote a book about it.
John Roberts welcomed twins at age 54, and his wife wrote a book about it
Fox News anchor John Roberts and his wife, CNN reporter Kyra Phillips, became parents at the ripe age of 54 and 42, respectively. The couple made headlines for having children so late in life. Phillips wrote a book about the couple’s journey to parenthood; they had twins via in-vitro fertilization in 2011. The book serves as guide book to women navigating their own fertility. It started out as a narrative about their willingness to have kids before it was too late, and they make a point to say that anyone can do it.
Next: This host says the work-life balance has made it very difficult to spend time with his kids.
Neil Cavuto says balancing children and work has been extremely tough
Neil Cavuto, host of several Fox News Channel shows, told NJ.com that balancing work and family life have been incredibly difficult. “I’ve missed more than a few [games and recitals] over the years,” he said. “That’s why I make doubly sure to call and check how that game went.” Cavuto said that listening to family members, even when he can’t be around them all the time, helps keep the relationship strong. “They want to tell you about their day, or their concerns, or their worries, or triumphs…Listen to them.”
Next: This host says he spends as much time with his children as possible.
Sean Hannity’s relationship with his kids is stronger than ever
Sean Hannity married his wife, Jill Hannity, in 1993. The couple have two teenage children together. Although there were divorce rumors in 2013, the couple are still together and raising their children together. Hannity seems to have a good grip on fatherhood, and he said in an interview with Cigar Aficionado that if he’s not in the newsroom or working, he’s spending time with his children.
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