The Courier-Mail



HE fa­mously walked away from Mil­lion Dol­lar Minute but Grant Denyer is now Aus­tralia’s quiz master.

The Great Aus­tralian Spell­ing Bee and Fam­ily Feud host de­fended his de­ci­sion to go back to the TV style he said was “not for him” just two years ago.

“I think it comes down to find­ing the right con­cept, no mat­ter what it is, that fits your per­son­al­ity and your skill set,” Denyer told Con­fi­den­tial.

“I’m not an in­tel­lec­tual, which is why I’m in awe of these ju­nior ge­niuses on The Great Aus­tralian Spell­ing Bee.

“My tele­vi­sion is all about hav­ing fun as op­posed to be­ing se­ri­ous.

“Be­ing a fa­ther now, it’s won­der­ful to hold the hands of these guys as they go into TV for the first time.”

Denyer (pic­tured) stood by his crit­i­cism of Chan­nel Seven’s sur­prise hit Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud af­ter it scored more than 200,000 view­ers than the Great Aus­tralian Spell­ing Bee in the nightly rat­ings last month.

He said what Chan­nel 10 was do­ing was “far more pow­er­ful” af­ter he tweeted “F--- It. I give up.”

“We were do­ing some­thing spe­cial for all the right rea­sons and then a vi­ral video show about cats gets more than a mil­lion view­ers – it was a joke around the of­fice re­ally,” he said.

“No mat­ter how hard you try in tele­vi­sion, some­times it’s some­thing re­ally silly and inane that cap­tures the au­di­ence for the night.

“I think this is far more pow­er­ful and it’s been em­braced ex­cep­tion­ally well.”

Denyer also cleared the air about his re­la­tion­ship with for­mer Sunrise ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Adam Boland.

Boland dished the dirt on the break­fast pro­gram’s stars, in­clud­ing Denyer, in his tell-all memoir re­leased last year.

“I’ve never had an is­sue with Adam Boland,” Denyer said. “He gave me a great start in TV and has a re­ally in­spir­ing TV mind.” The Great Aus­tralian Spell­ing Bee airs on Mon­day and Tues­day at 7.30pm on


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