I like to play hard, have fun
McGuire’s ready to bounce back
GOODBYE Eddie Everywhere, hello Eddie the Enthusiast.
Eddie McGuire took a few knocks last year but is attacking 2017 with his trademark enthusiasm and boundless energy.
McGuire is on the front foot, hosting a revamped Millionaire Hot
Seat, talking up his Triple M breakfast show, weighing into the
Footy Show revamp and reflecting on the ice bath controversy.
“I would like to think of myself as an enthusiast,’’ McGuire said during a break from filming Hot Seat last week. “I try to create things rather than pull them down. I like to have a joke and I like to play hard at what we do, but all through it you don’t go out to hurt people.”
McGuire was widely criticised for joking he would pay $50,000 to see journalist Caroline Wilson held under in a pool of iced water while taking part in the Big Freeze At The G fundraiser in June. At the same time, Millionaire Hot Seat, the show he has hosted in various incarnations for Nine since 1999, has been locked in a tense ratings battle with Channel 7’s The Chase.
“I apologised unreservedly because I did not want anyone to feel uncomfortable. The whole idea was supposed to be fun, and if people did — and they did — feel uncomfortable then you take it back,’’ he said of the ice bath incident,” he said.
McGuire said he had watched with interest the recent changes at
The Footy Show — which he started in 1994.
“I think what people have to realise with The Footy Show is that it was the first sports show ever to rate in prime time,” McGuire said.
“I wish The Footy Show great success and from being in the original show it holds a great love in my life. It changed my life, it was the thing that launched my career and gave every opportunity for me and my family, so I am a staunch supporter of it.’’
He confirmed he had been sounded out in early 2016 about returning to host the show following the departure of Lyon.
“My contract is to do sport for Foxtel and Fox Footy and I do entertainment for Channel 9. It was just a question. It was answered as easy as that,’’ McGuire said.
A passionate advocate for Melbourne, he urges a positive attitude.
“There are lots of great things to do in this city, it is an amazing city and an amazing country that gets talked down far too much,’’ he said.
“My driving ambition is to do as much as I possibly can in the short amount of time we have on this planet … and hopefully make other people have one laugh a day, learn something they did not know before, or make life a little bit better.’’ MILLIONAIRE HOT SEAT, CHANNEL 9, 5PM WEEKDAYS
Eddie McGuire at Nine’s Docklands studio and (below) in his younger days. Picture: MARK STEWART