I don’t want to do a thankyou speech
more serious stroke or brain conditions.
What triggers Bell’s Palsy isn’t clear, but it is thought to be affected by stress or a viral infection. The paralysis can disappear as quickly as it came, or not at all — clearly cause for concern to Winter, as the face of two toprating Lifestyle Channel programs.
“The implications for me that weekend were 12 people’s flights to Adelaide got cancelled because we were all doing a shoot in South Australia,” he says. “I remember being there in the hospital on the Friday saying, ‘Will I be when he w as named as a nominee Andrew Winter was in bed Logies. Location: QT Hotel, for both the Gold and Silv er Sydney. Pic ture: Rohan Kelly right to go to work on Monday?’ and they said, ‘Why are you even asking that? You might not be going for months.’ ”
His recovery, while daunting, was a bestcase scenario, with Winter seeing improvements within a few weeks.
In the meantime, he kept his condition secret, covering up symptoms in public by wearing sunglasses and telling people his mouth paralysis was because he had “just been to the dentist”.
So when the Logies nominations were confirmed and his name was among the Gold contenders for Australia’s most popular personality, he admits he went into shock.
“(To win) would be amazing, but I’ve got some pretty tough competition. I don’t (think I’ll win), just because I don’t want to do a thankyou speech afterwards,” he laughs.