Grant Denyer Feels The Logies Love
Grant Denyer took home Gold and Silver Logies in a huge night for the Channel 10 star.
An emotional Grant Denyer accepted the Gold Logie through tears at this year's TV awards, explaining that his axed show Family Feud had saved him.
"I was pretty sad I was a bit lost and Family Feud came along and in fact I was very unwell, I was very unwell at that particular time. And Family Feud gave me a ladder out of that hole and0 I'm very lucky to have had it," Denyer said on stage at the Logie Awards on Sunday night.
He was a surprise winner for the Gold Logie, but a last-push comedy campaign from TV personality Tom Gleeson seemed to do the trick, pushing Denyer ahead of favourite Tracy Grimshaw.
However, it was anything but funny when Denyer told the media backstage how his TV role got him back on his feet after the monster truck accident that broke his back in 2008.
"I thought I was out of the game and I wasn't quite sure if I really wanted to do it any more and Family Feud was a lightning bolt moment that came along that I didn't expect and it just sort of changed my life," he said.
Denyer's heartfelt words were under threat of being overshadowed by earlier comments made by TV veteran Bert Newton.
While presenting the Graham Kennedy award for Most Outstanding Newcomer, Newton made an off-colour joke about mentoring that didn't sit well in the era of #metoo.
"Graham Kennedy was always the sort of man who nurtured young talent. He enjoyed giving young people a chance on television, he was a great mentor, he mentored a lot of young people," Newton said on stage.
"You knew if you went to his dressing room it was locked, he will be inside doing some mentoring. Don Lane was a mentor too."
He later shrugged it off in the media room backstage as an innocent comment.
Earlier in the night, Denyer also took home the award for Most Popular Presenter while Hugo Weaving, Jessica Marais and Pamela Rabe all won acting gongs but didn't attend the awards night on the Gold Coast.
Other winners on the night included long running Home and Away actor Ray Meagher, shows Wentworth and Romper Stomper, while TV show 60 Minutes was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame.