PLAYBOY: What do the Hannitys do for fun?
HANNITY: Nothing. I’m terrible. I didn’t dance at my own wedding. I never go out. I’m home every night. I eat cereal for dinner. The one thing I’d like to do is build a racquetball court. I’m really into fitness and staying in shape, and it gets cold in the winter and I have to hit a ball. But that’s it. The last place you’ll ever see me is at the Playboy Mansion hanging out with Bill Maher.
PLAYBOY: You watch Bill Maher?
HANNITY: I hate him. Can’t stand him. I’m a channel flipper. I saw him the other night for five seconds, but that’s all I could take.
PLAYBOY: Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow—do you watch them?
HANNITY: Never. I mean, have I seen MSNBC? Yeah. But honestly, I don’t watch it. I don’t see CNN either. I don’t even watch Fox News that much. I’ll listen to Rush Limbaugh sometimes. He’s the Babe Ruth of our industry. We’re friends, and his brother has been my agent for more than 20 years. There’s nobody funnier, more unique, bright or talented.
PLAYBOY: You almost have more Twitter followers than Bill O’Reilly and Limbaugh combined. Does that give you some satisfaction? Even your hair has a Twitter account: @SHannitysHair.
HANNITY: How about that! Someone set that one up. So funny! Honestly, I had to cut back on Twitter because it was an addiction. I’ve got all these amazing people I interact with. Early on, people were so helpful in showing me the ropes on Twitter, so we created the Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled Twitter army. Had T-shirts printed up and everything. They showed me how to retweet and all that. Regular people like @TheFriddle and a girl named Natalie—@LNYHBTkid. And @PaulyShore too. He’s a huge fan.
PLAYBOY: Who do you like in Hollywood? Or are they all just a bunch of bleeding hearts?
HANNITY: No, I loved Gladiator and Braveheart. I liked The Passion of the Christ. That’s a great movie.
PLAYBOY: Do you know the difference between Kate Upton and Downton Abbey?
HANNITY: Very funny. I’m not oblivious to the world, but I’m not a big Downton fan. Kate Upton? I prefer Megan Fox. She’s obviously very attractive. Angelina Jolie is very attractive. Scarlett Johansson is very attractive. But what do I know? I’m just a 51-year-old fat guy.
PLAYBOY: By the way, what’s the deal with the football you throw around on set?
HANNITY: It breaks things up. We keep one in a special place so people won’t steal it. I love football, and we used to throw one around among the crew during breaks. One night I just threw it while on the air, and it took on a life of its own. There are videos on YouTube that have nothing to do with the show of me just throwing the ball and hitting things.
PLAYBOY: Do you ever just unplug completely and spend time alone?
HANNITY: All the time. I like being alone. If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re bad company. I like quiet time, downtime, even meditative time. I’ll give you a liberal thought there.
PLAYBOY: You meditate?
HANNITY: I just close my eyes and still my mind. You know, there’s a lot of chatter 24/7. I need to quiet myself sometimes, and I can quiet myself very quickly, actually. Sometimes I’ll take the entire weekend offline and off media. I have two young kids who are both athletic, so we spend a lot of time doing their events.
PLAYBOY: What’s your hope for them as they grow older?
HANNITY: You know what? It’s hard as a parent not to wish that your kids succeed at the highest levels and take on every opportunity this country can give them. I keep telling my daughter, who’s 11, to become a doctor. “I don’t like blood, Dad.” My dream for them is that they become the people they were born to be. The Latin word that education derives from is educo. It means to bring forth from within. And whatever they were born with—and I believe every human being is born with some gift, some talent, created by God—I want that to manifest itself in life.
PLAYBOY: How would you feel if one of them turned out to be gay?
HANNITY: I love my children. Period, end of sentence, unconditionally.
PLAYBOY: And if one of them turned out to be a Democrat?
HANNITY: Well, that might be a different story.