‘Highly medicated’ Grant Denyer on his second ‘close call’


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Grant Denyer’s main accessory at this year’s Logies was an inflatable ring cushion after breaking his coccyx in a near-fatal rally crash last month.

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The pint-sized Family Feud host told Fairfax Media he was “very highly medicated” and in “some pain” as he attended Australian television’s night of nights where he was nominated for a coveted Gold Logie (won by Samuel Johnson). The father-of-two was accompanied by wife Cheryl, who said she would not ask him to quit motor sports, despite his two near misses.

“I have left that decision up to him. He loves racing more than he loves TV … but he will be much more measured in what risks he’ll take from now on,” she said.

Describing the moment that she found out about the incident in which the car he was driving slammed into a tree during the Lake Mountain Sprint in Marysville, Victoria, on March 26, Cheryl said: “My heart stopped and I panicked … Then I just went into survival mode, trying to keep a happy face for the kids.”

Grant added: “It was a close call. I was really lucky to walk away from that one, in all seriousness they are the accidents that kill people.”

When it was put to him that it might be high time to retire, he said he would instead “reassess the type” of racing he does, but has no plans to quit.

“I have been racing all my life. I’ve only been in hospital twice in 300 races, so it’s not a bad average, even though the last one did nearly kill me,” he said.

The pair have been through their ups and downs. In 2008, he crashed while driving a 7.5 tonne monster truck that left him with a vertebral compression fracture.

In 2013, he left Seven after almost 10 years following “erratic” behaviour.

In 2014, Woman’s Day reported that he and his wife were treated in a Thai rehab for six weeks over the Christmas and New Year period for a $200,000-a-year meth addiction. They both deny the claims and threatened to sue. They never have. In 2015, Denyer said he had moved on from his anger about the article, and the couple kissed and made up with the glossy magazine by appearing in an exclusive on the birth of their baby daughter

Despite the notoriously booze-filled and fancy-free Logies after-parties where a number of his counterparts hit the tiles, the pair had no plans to join them.

He loves racing more than he loves TV.

“Definitely not a wild, boozy night,” Cheryl laughed. “Grant cannot even sit for very long.”

While Cheryl was helping take care of Grant’s broken behind, he was on “boob watch” to keep her custom made, yellow Mary Ionnaidis ballgown in check.

“We are a team,” he laughed.

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