Nearly a month after Family Feud was pulled off air, Gold Logie nominee Grant Denyer has bounced back with a shiny new gig with Network Ten.
Denyer will host Game of Games, a family entertainment series based on the US show of the same name. The US version of the show is currently hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and includes a combination of quiz and activity games.
Commenting on his new gig, Denyer said: “Ellen is an idol of mine, so to land this opportunity makes me so excited I’m dizzy!
“It’s wildly fun and something completely brand new and different for Australia. I can’t wait to step on set and run amuck with this.”
Games of Games premiered in January in the US, and hosted by DeGeneres, became an “out-of-the-box” success. During each episode, audience members are pulled from the crowd to go through massive obstacles while answering questions within a time limit to score a cash prize.
Network Ten Chief Content Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said in a statement: “We are delighted that Grant Denyer has agreed to host Game Of Games. He is the perfect person to lead a show that is packed full of big fun, big physical entertainment, big laughs and big cash prizes.”
Ten pulled Denyer’s Family Feud last month after four years amid falling ratings. The show had struggled in the ratings in recent months, having initially been hugely popular with Aussie families right across the country.
“I’ve got a big announcement guys. Family Feud is wrapping up,” he said on his radio show 2DayFM Breakfast with Em, Grant & Ed in May. Denyer took on the role of Family Feed host in 2014, after leaving Channel Seven’s Sunrise, and credits the family-friendly program with breathing life back into his career.
He admitted he only ever expected the show to run for two years, so said the fact it had done so well for double that time was great.
But Denyer still managed to be nominated last weekend for several Logie awards for his work on Family Feud. The gameshow host will go up against Tracy Grimshaw, Amanda Keller, The Wrong Girl’s Jessica Marais and Doctor Doctor’s Rodger Corser for Australian TV’s most coveted award, the Gold Logie, at the Logies awards on July 1.
Games of Games will premier on Ten and Win Network later this year.