I don’t want to do a thankyou speech

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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.

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