Fez Whatley was an American comedian and former radio producer know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Partner and Children
|Birthdate ( Age)||31 March 1964|
|Place of Birth||Florida, United States|
|Marital Status||Not Married Yet|
|Mother||Name not Known|
|Profession||American radio personality|
|Net Worth||$ 1.5 Million|
|Last Update||August 2021|
Todd Hillier better known by his on-air name Fez Marie Whatley, was an American comedian and former radio producer and personality who gained prominence as the co-host of The Ron and Fez Show with Ron Bennington from 1998 to 2015.
Whatley originally became well known after becoming a producer and contributor for the popular syndicated radio program The Ron and Ron Show. The show disbanded after being cancelled for low ratings following the departure of Ron Diaz.
Early Life and Family
Whatley graduated from Pinellas Park High School in Pinellas Park, Florida in 1982, and received a publication award from the International Thespian Society.On February 24, 2011, Fez’s father, Dick Hillier died in a NYC hospital. Ron Bennington was on-air the next day and in Fez’s absence put on an impromptu radio memorial for Fez’s father going to break playing Danny Boy. Fez returned to the air on Monday, March 7, and offered a touching remembrance of his father.
Fez Whatley Wife/Partner
We have no records of past relationships for Rebecca Marino.On February 24, 2012, Fez came out as gay.Fez had been playing a flamboyant character on the air for more than 20 years, but became increasingly uncomfortable in the role after recognizing his sexual orientation and being unable to publicly embrace it.
After admitting his sexuality to his co-host Ron Bennington three years earlier, Fez spoke openly on the air about his issues as a closeted man, referring to his “secret,” but had remained unable to say it directly. He chose to come out on the one-year anniversary of his father’s death.
Since realizing he was gay, Fez has been very outspoken on gay issues. In 2012 he marched in the New York LGBT Pride March. During the 2014 NFL season he refused to watch any football until Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player, was picked up by a team.
Fez Whatley Net Worth
Fez Whatley was an American comedian and former radio producer who has an estimated Net Worth of between $1.5 million in 2021. The earnings listed mainly come from her salary and brand endorsements.
In 1990, Whatley was an on-air personality at WYNF in Tampa Bay, Florida and producer and contributor for the syndicated morning program, The Ron and Ron Show. During this time, he developed the Fez Whatley moniker which a reporter in The Orlando Sentinel described as “an effeminate, lisping character”.
After the show disbanded due to being cancelled for low ratings after the departure of Ron Diaz, Whatley then teamed up with Ron Bennington as a co-host to create The Ron and Fez Show on WKRO FM, a small Daytona Beach, Florida rock station. After a relatively short stint there, they then retitled the show: Ron and Fez Dot Com and premiered on overnights on New York City radio station WNEW FM on April 17, 2000.
Whatley and Bennington continued on WNEW until the end of 2002, as well as being simulcast to a few other FM markets, including WJFK-FM in Washington, DC. After being canceled in New York City, as well as the other markets, they continued to broadcast from WJFK FM, and relocated to DC.
On July 19, 2004 Whatley and Bennington unceremoniously returned to the Florida airwaves in the 1 PM to 3 PM slot on Tampa Bay, Florida’s The Buzz WBAA-AM 1010, a relatively low wattage station which adopted a new talk format, and abandoned its former sports talk format. The duo didn’t produce well in the ratings however, and their tenure was short lived.
The Ron and Fez Show moved to XM Satellite Radio on September 12, 2005 after leaving WJFK 106.7 FM in Washington D.C.On December 20, 2006 The Ron and Fez Show premiered on 92.3 Free FM in New York City from 6 to 9 PM, while still holding on to their XM Satellite Radio show from Noon to 3 PM.The Ron and Fez Show was discontinued when WFNY reverted to a rock format as WXRK on May 24, 2007.
From October 9, 2007 to June 27, 2008, Whatley also served as executive producer.On November 4, 2008 Bennington and Whatley hosted Presidential Thunderdome ’08, a live radio show covering the 2008 presidential elections.
On February 26, 2010, Whatley put up a $1,000 cash reward for the apprehension, conviction, and incarceration of the vandals who defaced the Mount Airy, North Carolina statue depicting Sheriff Andy Taylor and Opie Taylor of the 1960s television show The Andy Griffith Show. Whatley worked with the Mount Airy Crime Stoppers Division as they monitored the case.On April 1, 2015, Whatley announced his retirement from radio. His final appearance on The Ron and Fez Show took place two days later.