Grant Denyer

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Grant Denyer
Grant Denyer at Flickerfest (8369366333).jpg
Denyer at Flickerfest in January 2013
Born (1977-09-12) 12 September 1977 (age 39)
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Television presenter, motor racing driver
Employer Network Ten
Spouse(s) Cheryl Rogers
Children 2
Website grantdenyer.com.au

Grant Craig Denyer (born 12 September 1977) is an Australian television presenter and motor racing driver. He has worked for several television networks, including Seven and Ten, mostly serving as a presenter. He has been the host of Ten's Family Feud since the show was revived in 2014.

Television career[edit]

In 1997, Denyer began his career in the media, he gained a position at Prime Television in Wagga Wagga as a news reporter and journalist.[1] He moved to Sydney to work as V8 Supercar pit reporter for Network Ten, when he caught the eye of television Producer Adam Boland.

Boland saw the potential in Grant and offered him full-time position as the weather presenter on the new look Sunrise program from 2004 until the end of 2006. Denyer left this position in December 2006 due to wanting to spend more time with his family, though he remained as a roving reporter for the breakfast program Sunrise.

Denyer filming a weather segment for Sunrise

Denyer won the fourth series of Dancing with the Stars, and also hosted the celebrity duet singing competition It Takes Two from 2006 to 2008. Denyer has also presented All Time Greatest Aussie Bloopers, Guinness World Records with co-host Shelley Craft, and Australia's Got Talent. Denyer is the holder of 5 official Guinness World Records.[2]

From 2006 to 2011, he was the host of Carols in the Domain in Sydney.[3]

In 2007, his race and television career saw him both racing and being a part of the commentary team featuring Neil Crompton, Matthew White, Mark Beretta and Daniel Gibson to report on the V8 Supercar Series.

In January 2010, Denyer returned to Sunrise as weather presenter, succeeding Fifi Box who became Entertainment editor. Grant remained weather presenter until he resigned in March 2013 to spend more time with his family.[4][5] He also hosted the short-lived Iron Chef Australia, in 2010.[6]

In late 2013, Denyer hosted Slide Show. He also has hosted the current series of Million Dollar Minute which first aired on Monday 16 September 2013. On Friday 29 November 2013, Denyer resigned due to 'family reasons' and he was replaced by Weekend Sunrise sports presenter Simon Reeve.[7]

In 2014, Denyer joined Network Ten as the host of a revived version of game show Family Feud.[8] Denyer has described himself as a "Workaholic".[9]

In 2015 Denyer co-hosted The Great Australian Spelling Bee which premiered on 3 August on Network 10 while still hosting Family Feud on the same TV network.

In 2016, he also had a guest appearance on Neighbours for Family Feud on episode 7477.

Awards[edit]

Denyer has been nominated four times for the Logie Award for Best Presenter award at the TV Week Logie Awards. He was nominated in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for his roles on It Takes Two and on Australia's Got Talent (in 2009). He was nominated again in 2015 for his role in Family Feud.

In 2006, Denyer was recognised by voters in the TV Fugly Awards as being Australia's Spunkiest Male TV Personality.[10] Grant has been voted 'sexiest presenter on TV' by a Melbourne Metro magazine poll plus he was voted the most datable male by (Australian) New Woman magazine.[11]

In 2016, Denyer accepted the silver Logie award for Best Entertainment Program for Family Feud.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Grant was born in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.[14] According to an interview on "The Little Dum Dum Club" podcast (ep 306 August 16, 2016), he says he wasn't, but he can't change his wikipedia entry to fix it.

Since 1996, Grant has been the official face of The Spastic Centre's Technology Department. When not travelling around Australia, he actively works to raise awareness for children and adults with cerebral palsy and the importance technology plays in their lives.

Grant has been a passionate spokesperson on drought and its devastating effects on Australian Families. In March 2003, Grant revealed his own private battle to save his family's 100-year-old farm. Since then, he has continued his quest to lobby and encourage more assistance and backing for drought-stricken families and communities.

He is married to TV producer Cheryl Rogers, and they have one daughter born 9 May 2011, named Sailor .[15][16] In April 2015, the couple announced they were expecting their second child. On 14 October 2015, a baby girl was born named Scout.[17]

2008 injury[edit]

On 17 September 2008, Denyer injured his back by participating in a monster truck promotional event resulting in a compressed fracture of the lower vertebrae.[1] Grant was taken by ambulance to the Wollongong Hospital.[18]

The accident occurred while Denyer was in training for the Monster Truck Championships, driving a monster truck at Dapto Showground.[18] After practicing a jump over five cars in the monster truck, Grant removed his foot too soon from the accelerator which caused the vehicle to land heavily leaving him with a compressed fracture to his lower vertebrae, broken in eight places. He was moved to a Sydney hospital and his recovery took months. He is famously reported as saying that his injury has reduced his rather short size by 1 cm.[18][19]

Denyer was then moved into intensive care but there were no sign of any nerve damage issues and he was back on the air to host Australia's Got Talent in 2009; however, he did not return to It Takes Two in May.

Motor racing[edit]

Grant Denyer
Related to Craig Denyer (father)
Supercars Dunlop Series
Australian GT Championship
Years active 2005–16
Teams Dick Johnson Racing
Speed FX Racing
MW Motorsport
Tekno Autosports
Starts 75
Wins 4
Best finish 4th in 2009 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series
Previous series
2001–05
2005–15
2006–11
2008–09
2015–
V8 Utes
V8 Supercar Development Series
V8 Supercars
Australian Mini Challenge
Australian GT Championship
Championship titles
2004 V8 Utes Summer Series
Awards
2005 Mike Kable V8 Supercar Rookie of the Year

He drove a Ford Falcon in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar series for Speed FX Racing with Michael Caruso and Daniel Elliot. He debuted with Dick Johnson Racing in 2005. In the same year he was awarded the Mike Kable Rookie of the Year prize finishing his debut season in the top 10 (10th).

In 2006, Denyer raced in the Sandown 500 and the prestigious Bathurst 1000 with DJR and with Alex Davison. Denyer and Alex came 9th overall at Bathurst. Denyer also has had success in tarmac rallying, a podium finish in 2007's Suncoast Rally in which he drove the Les Walkden-prepared Subaru Impreza WRX STi. He finished 37.8 seconds behind the Skelta G-Force of Ray Vandersee, and 3.6 seconds clear third place-getter, Matt Close, in his Porsche Turbo. Going into the final stage he trailed Close by 4.7 seconds, and moved ahead of the Porsche to take second place.

"To be second outright and first production car home is a huge highlight," Denyer said. "To do that in my first full rally is a dream come true."

"It came down to that last stage and Dale (co-driver Dale Moscatt) and I decided that we wanted second really badly. So we pulled everything out, threw caution to the wind and we finished up winning the stage. That was a great way to finish."

"We were up against some really elite machines across the weekend so to be on the podium, to finish second in a production car, was great."

In October 2005 he finished sixth place in the Mini Challenge World Title Championship, held at Italy's Santa Monica race track.

In 2002 Denyer competed in the Bathurst 24-hour Endurance Event, he drove a Nissan 200SX. In 2003 he competed in the same event, this time driving a Porsche 996 GT3 finishing second in his class, sixth overall.

Denyer won his first ever Supercars race in the Development Series at Sandown on 7 June 2008 in the second race of the weekend. More wins came and Denyer had his best season in 2009, finishing fourth in the 2009 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

In early 2010 Denyer stated he would no longer be pursuing full season drives in motorsport,[4][20] however in 2011 Denyer was announced as the lead driver of Shannons-Mars Racing, a V8 Supercar team formed for the purposes of a TV show, the Shannons Supercar Showdown. Denyer's Bathurst 1000 co-driver was Cameron Waters, winning the competition beating runner-up British racing driver Andrew Jordan. Waters as of 2016 became a full-time Supercars regular with ProDrive.

Denyer has also competed in the Australian GT Championship with Maranello Motorsport in 2015, but switched to the McLaren 650S fielded by Tekno Autosports, sometimes partnered with car owner and eventual 2016 Bathurst 1000 champion Jonathon Webb, in the GT series. In 2016 Denyer won the Australian Endurance Championship, an offshoot of the GT Championship, with Nathan Morcom.

Career results[edit]

Results sourced from Driver Database.[21]

Season Series Position Car Competitor / Team
2001 V8 Brute Muster 5th Ford Falcon XR8 VIP Pet Foods Racing
2002 V8 Brute Muster 4th Ford Falcon XR8 VIP Pet Foods Racing
2003 Australian V8 Brutes Championship 7th Ford Falcon XR8 VIP Pet Foods Racing
2004 V8 Brute Championship 11th Ford Falcon XR8 VIP Pet Foods Racing
2004 V8 Utes Australia Summer Series 1st Ford Falcon XR8
2005 Holden Performance Driving Centre V8 Supercar Series 10th Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 42nd Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 9th Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 51st Ford BA Falcon WPS Racing
2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 28th Ford AU Falcon
Ford BA Falcon
MW Motorsport
2008 Australian Mini Challenge 6th Mini Cooper JCW R56 Challenge Decorug Racing
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 55th Ford BF Falcon Ford Rising Stars Racing
2008 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 15th Ford BA Falcon MW Motorsport
2009 Australian Mini Challenge 5th Mini Cooper JCW R56 Challenge Decorug Racing
2009 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 4th Ford BF Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship NC Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 33rd Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2014 Aussie Racing Cars Super Series 40th ARC Euro GT Yamaha MARC Cars Australia
2015 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 31st Ford FG Falcon Image Racing
2015 Australian GT Championship 2nd Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Maranello Motorsport

Complete Bathurst 24 Hour results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2002 Australia Donut King Racing United Kingdom Tony Quinn
Australia Tony Alford
Australia John Grounds
Nissan 200SX Spec-R 5 426 18th 6th
2003 Australia VIP Petfoods Racing United Kingdom Tony Quinn
Australia Klark Quinn
Australia Marcus Marshall
Porsche 996 GT3 Cup B 495 6th 2nd

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour results[edit]

The Class I-winning MARC Focus GTC of Grant Denyer, Adam Gowans, Garry Jacobson and Andrew Miedecke at the 2014 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour
Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007 Australia Subaru Australia Australia Chris Alajajian
Australia Neil Crompton
Subaru Impreza WRX Sti Spec C B 248 5th 3rd
2008 Australia VIP Petfoods Racing United Kingdom Tony Quinn
Australia Klark Quinn
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX A 253 2nd 2nd
2009 Australia VIP Petfoods Racing United Kingdom Tony Quinn
Australia Klark Quinn
Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo IX C 98 DNF DNF
2014 Australia MARC Cars Australia Pty Ltd Australia Adam Gowans
Australia Garry Jacobson
Australia Andrew Miedecke
MARC Focus GTC I 268 15th 1st
2015 Australia Peter Conroy Motorsport Australia Tony Bates
Australia Peter Conroy
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 36 DNF DNF
2016 Australia Maranello Motorsport Australia Tony D'Alberto
Finland Mika Salo
Finland Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 GT3 AP 63 DNF DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Huntsdale, Justin (27 September 2010). "The rise (and crash) and rise of Grant Denyer". ABC Western Plains. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.grantdenyer.com.au/guiness-world-record-holder.html
  3. ^ (16 January 2015) "Family Feud host Grant Denyer in talks with Channel 10 to do an extra prime time TV show"
  4. ^ a b Clune, Richard (24 January 2010). "Denyer granted new Sunrise". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Halliwell, Elle (28 March 2013). "Grant Denyer quits Seven breakfast show Sunrise". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Grant Denyer to host Iron Chef Australia | The Age 10 September 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2013
  7. ^ Grant Denyer quits Million Dollar Minute. Simon Reeve to host, TV Tonight, 29 November 2013
  8. ^ "Under pressure: can Grant Denyer's Family Feud revive Ten's fortunes?", Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), 27 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Grant Denyer on Sunrise role: ‘I thought I was invincible and I f***ed up’" (15 January 2014)
  10. ^ "2006 Fuglies", Fugly Awards, retrieved 2006
  11. ^ Grant Denyer Resume
  12. ^ Idato, Michael (9 May 2016). "Gold Logie 2016 winner Waleed Aly stuns with powerful speech". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Naughton, Julia (9 May 2016). "Logie Awards 2016: All the Winners". The Huffington Post Australia. The Huffington Post Australia Pty Ltd. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  14. ^ Normoyle, Steve, ed. (2007). "The Great Race". 26 (2006 ed.). Chevron Publishing Group: 251. ISSN 1031-6124.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  15. ^ "Sun rises on a perfect wedding for Grant Denyer". Herald Sun. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  16. ^ Mills, Amy (22 November 2010). "Grant Denyer's baby surprise". New Idea. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "Grant Denyer set to be a father again". The Daily Telegraph. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  18. ^ a b c Devlyn, Darren (18 September 2008). "Grant Denyer hurt as stunt misfires". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  19. ^ Field, Katherine (18 September 2008). "Denyer's recovery to take months". The Australian. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  20. ^ Bannon, John (27 January – 2 February 2010). "Denyer gives it away". Auto Action. Sydney: ACP Magazines (1375): 7. 
  21. ^ Grant Denyer - Driver Database

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Dancing with the Stars (Australia) winner
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