IT has been a roller-coaster 12 months for Eddie McGuire. This is Your Life and Million Dollar
Drop failed to ignite, Between the Lines was axed after four episodes but his show Hot Seat has been an island of stability, regularly beating rival Deal or No Deal and is set to celebrate its 500th episode.
Q. You first hosted Who Wants to be a
Millionaire in 1999. Did you ever think you’d be hosting a version of it more than a decade later?
A. The show stopped [ in 2006] when I went up to Sydney to be the [ Channel 9] CEO. It was still rating very well. I thought at that stage it was finished because I wasn’t planning to do too much on air. When we decided to come back [ as Hot Seat] it was billed as ‘‘$ 20 million over 20 nights’’, but it kept going.
Q. Why has it been so successful?
A. When we first did Millionaire a million dollars on TV was massive. You can play it [ at home] whether you’re five or 95. You get really good questions, some drama, like or dislike the contestants. Everyone can have a go. A lot of people didn’t think [ Hot Seat] would work as a half-hour stripped show. You’re still a better chance of winning money on Hot Seat every night than you are on
MasterChef across its entire journey.
Q. You’ve also done Million Dollar Drop, This is Your Life and Between the Lines this year to varied success.
A. There always comes a time, whether you’re a footballer or a performer, where
you’ve got to take one for the team.
Who knows, Million Dollar Drop may come back later in the year and be in a spot to do really well. It’s a good show. Q. Is there anything left on TV you would like to do?
A. There are plenty of things I’d like to do. I’ve had a very good run. I love Channel 9 and I’ve been here in just about every capacity there is. I’m sure that plenty of opportunities will come up. We’ve got the Olympic Games next year. There are lots of things to enjoy.
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