Herald Sun

Ed­die’s $20,000 ad­vice

- NUI TE KOHA Eddie McGuire · Mick Malthouse · Ballarat

HOT Seat host Ed­die McGuire ad­mits he gave away the win­ning $20,000 an­swer to a prep teacher on the quiz show last night — and his char­i­ta­ble choice was inspired by for­mer Pies coach Mick Malthouse.

McGuire, moved by teacher Bri Dredge’s vow to buy 200 pairs of shoes for all the chil­dren at her prep to year 8 school in the strug­gling streets of Wen­douree, near Bal­larat, pushed her to “have another think” af­ter she locked in the wrong an­swer.

“It was her act of kind­ness. I couldn’t help but get swept up in it,” McGuire said.

“The whole idea for peo­ple to come on the show is to get a lit­tle bit of magic, a lit­tle bit of gold dust to come their way.”

McGuire con­cedes he got misty-eyed at the men­tion of Wen­douree, the sub­urb where Malthouse was raised.

“I know the area she was talk­ing about. I thought of Mick Malthouse as a kid, grow­ing up, in that en­vi­ron­ment,” McGuire said. “It hit me right in the heart­strings.”

Ms Dredge’s $20,000 ques­tion was: “First pub­lished in 1929, is T.S Eliot’s fa­mous work Old Pos­sums Book Of Prac­ti­cal what?”

The school teacher said she wanted to lock in “Ad­vice”, but McGuire urged her to have another think. She re­con­sid­ered her an­swer and in­stead locked in “Cats”.

Asked if, tech­ni­cally, he gave away the an­swer, McGuire told the Her­ald Sun: “Not tech­ni­cally. I an­swered it for her. Put it this way, she wasn’t go­ing to get the wrong an­swer.”

McGuire said he gave a fleet­ing thought to how Nine boss David Gyn­gell would re­act to the $20,000 give­away, but rea­soned “if Gyng didn’t want to pay up, I’d kick in the amount my­self”.

Ms Dredge, 32, teaches at Youille Park Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

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Bri Dredge and Ed­die McGuire

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