Nothing for GRANTED
Family Feud turns 3 and Grant Denyer’s ready to party
Grant Denyer has plenty of reasons to celebrate — just being alive for a start.
Then there is his 40th birthday on September 12 and the third anniversary of Ten’s hit quiz show, Family Feud.
He nearly wasn’t here to pop the champagne, after narrowly escaping death in March, from a horror rally car accident.
Slamming his silver Lotus into a tree at 160kmh, it’s a miracle he escaped with just a broken sacrum, bruising and smashed hands.
Family Feud fans would have noticed Denyer wearing bandages and a brace during recent episodes.
He only got to April’s Logies — where he was nominated for Gold — thanks to painkillers.
“I’m back to 100 per cent which is fantastic,” Denyer says. “Funnily enough, it is my wedding ring finger, which I also broke in the accident, that has been the slowest to heal.”
His wife, Cheryl, nursed him back to health, with some hugs and help from the couple’s two children, Sailor and Scout.
So has the recent accident given the family man any second thoughts about motor racing? The answer is “no”.
He has his sights set on Round two of the Australian Endurance Championship in Sydney next month.
“I’ll be back in the race car for sure,” Denyer says. “You don’t want your last experience to be a bad one … and what lesson would I be teaching my kids if you have a knock and then you give up? I’ve been jumping in motion simulators to try and make sure the body is OK and I’ve got the grip in my hand and can change gears, and it is fine.
“Cheryl completely left the decision to me which was wonderfully gracious. She comes to the track all the time with the kids and it is a big part of her life as well.”
Well what about Channel 10? Didn’t they read him the riot act? After all, Denyer is the heart and soul of Family Feud.
“Surprisingly no,” Denyer says. “I thought I was going to get a sit down chat but it never happened. I think they understand that motorsport is part of the deal.”
Family Feud fits Denyer like a glove. He has made it his own. The switch to Ten from Seven has been a blessing too.
Denyer’s final year at Seven, in 2013, was a mess. In March of that year he quit Sunrise citing exhaustion. By September, he was back hosting quiz show
Million Dollar Minute; but two months later he quit that too, for family reasons.
It was former Ten news boss Peter Meakin who approached Denyer about hosting Family Feud.
“I’d just come out of a game show so I didn’t know whether it was the right thing to do. But when I did the audition, something clicked and I laughed my heart out. It suits my personality perfectly. The unpredictability of the show makes it so rewarding. It’s not really work for me. I’ll do it as long as Australian audiences want to watch it.”
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