Osher Günsberg

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Osher Günsberg
Andrew G.jpg
Günsberg on the set of Australian Idol
Born Andrew Günsberg
(1974-03-29) 29 March 1974 (age 44)
London, England, UK
Residence Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Occupation Radio & television presenter, journalist
Years active 1994–present
Known for
Spouse(s) Noa Tishby (m. 2008–2011)
Audrey Griffen (m. 2016)
Website www.oshergunsberg.com

Osher Günsberg[1] (born Andrew Günsberg), widely recognised by his former stage name Andrew G, is an Australian television and radio presenter and journalist who is best known as the host of the reality TV series The Bachelor Australia, The Bachelorette Australia and Bachelor in Paradise Australia. He is also known for his hosting roles on Channel [V], Live to Dance on CBS and radio shows including Take 40 Australia and The Hot Hits.

Günsberg also narrated the factual television programs Bondi Rescue and Recruits. He is a regular contributor to The Project.

Early life[edit]

Günsberg was born in London to a Czech-Jewish father and a Lithuanian mother.[2] At four months of age, he moved to Adelaide and then to Brisbane,[citation needed] where he spent most of his youth and attended St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace.[citation needed]

Radio[edit]

At 20, Günsberg started working as a "Black Thunder" driver and did on-air midnight-to-dawn shifts for B105 radio station in Brisbane, during which time he bore the nickname "Spidey".[citation needed] He filled in for late-night announcing shifts, before taking on the role of the regular midnight-dawn announcer. In 1998, he left B105FM to join SAFM for the afternoon shift.[citation needed] In 1998, at the age of 24, he adopted the stage name of "Andrew G" while doing the afternoon shift at SAFM after his program director said, "Günsberg? Adelaide? Nahh, Andrew G!", thus becoming the first person to ever call him by this name and ensuring some confusion amongst audiences between Günsberg and his new namesake, former Australian rugby league footballer for the Brisbane Broncos, Andrew Gee. In 2009, he decided to drop his abbreviated stage name and revert to his full surname.[3]

From 2004 to 2009, he formally hosted the Australian radio chart countdown programme Take 40 Australia, which airs on nearly 100 stations nationwide. For a month in September 2009, he filled in for breakfast radio presenter Kyle Sandilands on 2Day FM's The Kyle and Jackie O Show along with Dannii Minogue and Brian McFadden. Günsberg finished with Take40 Australia on 29 November 2009.[citation needed]

In December 2009, he launched a re-formatted version of The Hot Hits, bringing the show live every week around Australia from Los Angeles. The show was re-named The Hot Hits Live from LA. In July 2010, after only six months on air, the show was nominated for an Australian Commercial Radio Award in the category of "Best Syndicated Program".[4]

In November 2015, Southern Cross Austereo announced that Günsberg would join HIT 105's breakfast show with Abby Coleman and Stav Davidson.[5] He also hosted Summer Breakfast across the Hit Network with former The Bachelor Australia contestant Heather Maltman.

Television[edit]

Channel [V][edit]

For the next seven years, Günsberg worked mainly in live broadcasting, and hosted the flagship request show, By Demand (later whatUwant), and various late night shows (including The Joint).[citation needed]

In 2006, it was announced that Günsberg would be leaving Channel [V].[6]

Network Ten[edit]

In 2003, Günsberg became co-host (with Channel [V] co-star James Mathison) of Australian Idol on Network Ten. For this role, Günsberg was nominated for the Silver Logie in 2004. After Mathison announced that he was moving on to other projects, Günsberg hosted the seventh season of Australian Idol solo in 2009. He was also the compere of Network Ten's game show The Con Test.

He appeared on a celebrity episode of the Australian version of Ready Steady Cook in October 2005. As a committed vegan, his recipe ideas were not extremely well received by the audience. According to Günsberg, the audience's response when he revealed tofu on the menu, was "similar to the look you see on peoples [sic] faces when they view two dogs rooting on the side of the road — puzzled, curious, but all together uncomfortable."[7]

He was one of the co-hosts of the televised Australia Day-eve celebrations on 25 January 2006. In October 2006, he was a contestant on the Australian comedy TV Show, Thank God You're Here, and played in Celebrity Joker Poker, winning $10,000 for charity. In 2007, he hosted The Con Test. In February 2007, he appeared as himself on the soap opera Neighbours.[8] From 2007–09, he co-hosted the Sydney New Year's Eve telecast alongside Kim Watkins and Fuzzy. He also served as a creative consultant on the production.[citation needed]

Günsberg also narrated the Network Ten / Cordell-Jigsaw productions, Bondi Rescue and the second season of Recruits. He was a contestant in Season 2 Episode 34 of Good News Week that aired on Channel 10 on 14 September 2009.[9] He has been an occasional guest host for Charlie Pickering and is still a regular contributor to The Project. Since 2013, he has been the host of the reality television series The Bachelor Australia. Since 2015, he has been the host of the reality television series The Bachelorette Australia.

In 2016, Günsberg appeared as a guest quiz master on Have You Been Paying Attention?

In 2017, Günsberg made a cameo appearance as himself on episode 4 of Offspring. Günsberg assumed his role as The Bachelor Australia host on Offspring and popped up in a kitchen scene with Nina (played by Asher Keddie). He offered Nina some friendly advice as she hosted a dinner party with her boyfriend and his ex-girlfriend.

Since 2018, he has been the host of the reality television series Bachelor in Paradise Australia.

In 2018, Günsberg appeared as a guest celebrity on Hughesy, We Have a Problem.

CBS[edit]

In October 2010, CBS announced that Günsberg would be the host of the new Paula Abdul dance competition Live to Dance.[10] The show made its debut in January 2011 on CBS. It was announced that Live to Dance would not return for a second season.

Personal life[edit]

Günsberg holds dual British and Australian nationality.[11]

In 2008, he married Israeli actress and producer Noa Tishby.[12][13] On 27 December 2011, he announced on Twitter that his marriage to Tishby was over.[14]

In September 2010, Günsberg exhibited a year of daily photographic self portraits (June 2009 – June 2010) at Mart Gallery in Surry Hills, Sydney, with part of the proceeds going to Lifeline.[15]

At the age of 38, he decided to change his name to 'Osher' – Hebrew for 'happiness' – in order to signal his changed outlook and attitude toward life. He claims that 'something about being Osher just feels right'.[16] He is an avid cyclist.[17] In October 2016, following criticism for attending Derby Day during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Günsberg stated "I say that I’m vegan because it's the quickest way to get the explanation across but the truth is I've never really called myself vegan".[18]

In December 2016, Günsberg married freelance makeup artist and stylist Audrey Griffen, becoming a stepfather to her daughter, in the Hunter Valley.[19] The couple met while Osher was filming season four of The Bachelor Australia as Griffen was the stylist.

In August 2017, he revealed he had been suffering from depression for many years including social anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. [20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Osher Günsberg". oshergunsberg.com. Archived from the original on 13 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Andrew Günsberg Biography". buddytv.com. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Knox, David (14 September 2009). "Australian Idol's G-Force". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  4. ^ [1][permanent dead link], 2010 ACRA nominees.
  5. ^ "Osher & Heather for Hit Network". Radio Today. Retrieved 2015-12-09. 
  6. ^ "Andrew G's Blog". andrewg.tv. 6 May 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Manifesting Your Inner Power Ballad". andrewg.tv. 27 August 2005. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2008. 
  8. ^ "Andrew G's blog". andrewg.tv. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  9. ^ Ten, Network. "tenplay". ten.com.au. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (13 October 2010). "CBS Crowds Paula Abdul's 'Live To Dance'". deadline.com. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 January 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Celebrity Grapevine". The Jerusalem Post. 4 March 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-14. After dating for several years, despite the geographic distance between them, Israeli actress Noa Tishby, who lives in Los Angeles and Australian musician and radio and television personality Andrew G who hosts Australian Idol, have decided to get hitched. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2008. 
  14. ^ "Andrew G and wife announce marriage break up on Twitter". News Limited. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-27. 
  15. ^ "Perfect way to start the Last Day at the Gallery today for 365". 25 September 2010. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  16. ^ Gunsberg, Osher. "My Name". Osher Gunsberg. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  17. ^ Gunsberg, Osher. "About". The Osher Gunsberg Podcast. 
  18. ^ "Osher Gunsberg responds to Derby Day controversy". News Limited. 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  19. ^ "Osher Gunsberg and Audrey Griffen Wedding". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  20. ^ "Osher Günsberg On Cracking The Genetic Code Of Mental Illness". Huffington Post Australia. 21 August 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 

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Preceded by
Geoff Huegill
Cleo Bachelor of the Year
2004
Succeeded by
Ryan Phelan