MOST Gold Logie winners might put their award on the mantle piece to admire, but Grant Denyer has a plan that is uniquely Bathurst.
Denyer has lived in Perthville for the past five years with his Bathurst-born wife Chezzi who was by his side on Sunday evening for the 60th annual Logie Awards.
During television’s night of nights, he was awarded the Gold Logie ahead of some of the most well-known faces on the small screen.
“I’m absolutely floored by it. I’m still trying to process it all, but clearly the campaign by Bathurst was a mega one and we got over the line,” Denyer said.
“We defied the odds and we beat the biggest names in television.”
Earlier in the night, Denyer also won the Most Popular Presenter Logie.
This was the third consecutive year that he had been nominated for the Gold, and Denyer said he had “given the idea of winning away”.
Family Feud came along for me at a time in my life when I wasn’t sure if I would ever work again, or even if I wanted to.Gold Logie winner Grant Denyer
“As I was walking up on stage I was panicking because I hadn’t prepared anything and the moment that I got on stage anything that I did have in my head just vanished,” he said.
What followed was a heartfelt speech where, amid tears, he spoke about his now axed show Family Feud, his supporters and his family.
“Family Feud came along for me at a time in my life when I wasn’t sure if I would ever work again, or even if I wanted to,” he said.
“I was very unwell at the time, and Family Feud gave me a ladder out of that hole.
“Family Feud thank you so much, you saved me.
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“I know it’s just television and just entertainment, but it means the world to me.”
Then, he spoke to his wife Chezzi from the stage.
“To my beautiful Chezzi, we did it, we bloody did it,” he said.
“Thank you for everything, this is yours, I dedicate it to you.”
In a final nod to his Family Feud catchphrase he signed off from his Gold Logie acceptance speech and said: “Survey says thank you so much for making this your top answer”.
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Denyer has already made plans to take his Gold Logie for a lap around Mount Panorama when he returns home.
“As you know I’m a bogan and I feel like I’ve got to live up to a promise that I made my Dad as a joke when I was a kid that if I ever won a Logie that I would glue it to the bonnet of a car as a hood ornament,” he said.
The other nominees for the Gold Logie were Love Child and The Wrong Girl star Jessica Marais, The Living Room’s Amanda Keller, Doctor Doctor’s Rodger Corser, Love It Or List It and Selling Houses Australia’s Andrew Winter and A Current Affair’s Tracy Grimshaw.