Denyer fam­ily’s feud rel­e­gated to the dusty pages

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - SHAN­NON MOL­LOY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

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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