I like to play hard, have fun

McGuire’s ready to bounce back

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - fiona.byrne@news.com.au FIONA BYRNE

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

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