Grant Denyer was inescapable in 2018. There he was, leaping into the air like a giddy gold prospector after taking top gong at the Logie Awards. His stint as host of Family Feud came to an end, but he fronted another games show, Game Of Games.
And if you turned on the radio, there was Denyer on Sydney’s 2DayFM breakfast show. This year could be his biggest yet, with Denyer adding co-host of Network Ten’s revamped version of Dancing With The Stars to his already quite full dance card.
“I’ve never been busier,” he acknowledges. “But I’ve also never been happier.” Denyer is the first to admit Family Feud revitalised his career. It turned things around for him at a time when he was in danger of being relegated to the TV scrap heap.
Better than anyone, Denyer knows how to ride the wave when the surf’s up. “You’ve got to roll with the good times in entertainment,” Denyer, 41, tells WHO. “Television can be a fairly fragile game. When it’s working well you have to take it all on. It’s better than not having a job.” Denyer will front DWTS in 2019 with The Living Room’s Amanda Keller.
A new panel of judges is yet to be announced. The show aired on Channel Seven from 2004 to 2015, ending after 15 seasons. The hosting gig marks something of a return to the DWTS fold for Denyer, who won the fourth series on Seven.
Importantly, Denyer says he’s keeping his health in check. Last year, the presenter – and sometime racing car driver – opened up about his battle with prescription drugs after a near-fatal car crash in 2008.
“I was a pedal to the metal kind of guy,” he says. “I lived life flat out and I never read my body’s signs.”
These days, he’s eating and sleeping better. He’s more in tune with his body’s signals, where he once ignored the warning signs and “pushed on” as “hungry people trying to climb the ladder” can do.
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