Grant Denyer: I didn't care if I lived or died

Rebekah Scanlan
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Grant Denyer is the man of the moment after scoring not one but TWO Logies over the weekend, including the Gold.

And while reflecting on his unexpected achievement, the dad-of-two spoke candidly about his previous addiction to prescription drugs after suffering a near-fatal crash in 2008.

Admitting he didn’t care “whether I lived or died” at the height of his struggles, the former Family Feud host revealed it was having kids that saved his life. 

Grant Denyer with his two Logie awards at the weekend. Source: Getty

“It was a time where I didn’t really give a s**t whether I lived or died,” Grant told Sydney Confidential. “I felt like I had nothing to live for.”

But it was the birth of his daughter Sailor, now seven, who helped get him on the path to recovery. 

He credits becoming a father for helping him recover from an addiction to painkillers. Source: Instagram/GrantDenyer

“I reckon if I didn’t have my daughter, at that particular point, I might not be here,” he said, while also paying credit to his wife of eight years, Chezzi. 

The 40-year-old’s frank confession comes after footage of his final Sunrise weather segment in 2013 emerged, which shows him gaunt and unable to concentrate.

Old footage has emerged following his Gold Logie win from his final Sunrise segment in 2013, at the height of his painkiller addiction. Source: Seven

His addiction to painkillers came after he broke his lower vertebrae in eight places in September 2008 while attempting to jump over two cars in a monster truck.

During his Gold Logie acceptance speech on Sunday night, he also discussed his low points and how his now axed job of hosting Family Feud had “saved” him.

Family Feud came along for me at a time in my life when I really wasn’t quite sure if I’d work again – or if I even wanted to,” he said tearing up in his acceptance speech. “I wasn’t particularly in a very good place.

In his acceptance speech, the 40-year-old reflected on some difficult times, admitting the show “saved” him. Source: Nine

“I wasn’t very well, I was in a bit of a hole. I was pretty sad, I was a bit lost and Family Feud came along and I was very unwell at that particular time.

“And Family Feud gave me a ladder out of that hole and I’m very luck to have had it.”

He credited the show for giving him his “mojo back” and his “confidence back”.

Despite Family Feud being axed, Grant won two awards for the show which caused him to reflect on his life difficulties. Source: Ten

“So, Family Feud thank you so much, you saved me,” Grant said crying.

He now co-hosts the Em, Grant and Ed show on 2DayFM alongside comedians Ed Kavalee and Em Rusciano.

He’s also set to host a new Channel Ten show Game of Games, though no date for its premiere has been announced yet.

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

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