Denyer family’s feud relegated to the dusty pages
Grant Denyer has officially ended his feud with Woman’s Day, saying he is no longer angry about the magazine labelling him a drug addict.
In February 2014, the glossy alleged the television star and wife Cheryl were being treated in a Thai rehab facility for a $4000-a-day methamphetamine addiction.
Denyer denied the claim and immediately threatened legal action. But the Family Feud host says he has now moved on.
“Life is too short to hang on to anger or resentment,” Denyer says.
“There’s always time to heal relationships. I didn’t want to live with the anger I was holding inside, to be honest. It’s not a healthy emotion — it can do a lot of damage.”
Part of that apparent healing process was a four-page spread in the same magazine last month, exclusively announcing the arrival of the couple’s baby daughter, Scout.
According to unconfirmed reports, the Denyers pocketed $30,000 for the interview and photo shoot. Denyer declined to go into details.
“There are a number of reasons why we did it, not all of which I can reveal,” Denyer says, alluding to a rumoured confidentiality agreement with Bauer, publisher of Woman’s Day.
“It was the right thing to do. I think there’s been a bit of healing on both sides — a bit of admission as well on (the) other side. It’s nice to have that behind me.”
The damaging drugs story came at a time when Denyer’s career was at a low point, having quit the popular Seven quiz show Million Dollar Minute months earlier.
But he bounced back, signing on to host Ten’s reboot of Family Feud.
In 2016, there will be a celebrity spin-off, All Star Family Feud, and he’s aiming high. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been invited, Denyer says. “It’ll be politicians, sports stars, TV people, film actors, musicians — it’ll be a lot of fun,” he says.
There will also be a second season of his other show, the surprise hit The Great Australian Spelling Bee.
And of course, there’s baby Scout, born in September, who joins four-year-old Sailor.
“It’s been wonderful — Scout is really pleasant and she doesn’t really cry,” he says. “But she feeds every two hours, day and night, which is a mission for my wife.
“She’s starting to smile and that’s when it really sets in for me, as a dad. She smiles and laughs and it has a powerful effect.”
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