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How Tom Gleeson went for gold, and scored a Logie for Grant Denyer

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Tom Gleeson and Grant Denyer on the Logies red carpet. Photo: Twitter/Tom Gleeson
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A jubilant Tom Gleeson has declared his campaign to help Grant Denyer win the Gold Logie as “the best thing I’ve ever done”.

Gleeson announced his push for Denyer, the host of the axed Channel Ten show Family Feud, to win the top Logie late last week – although the support did appear to be somewhat ironic.

“I used to be angry at the Logies, because Denyer was voted for gold for the popular personality on TV for a game show that has been axed due to low ratings on the third-highest rating network and I thought this is idiotic,” he told The Project.

“Then I thought ‘why get angry, when you can get behind the poor little b—–d?’. So I thought ‘let’s get him the Gold Logie because it’s perfect’. Let’s push the Logies to its most absurd extreme ever and give the Gold Logie to a guy that doesn’t have a TV show. It’s beautiful.”

What followed was a social media campaign that propelled Denyer to the top of voting. He was announced the winner at the Logies ceremony on the Gold Coast on Sunday night, beating Amanda Keller (host of Ten’s The Living Room), Andrew Winter (Love It Or List It Australia/Selling Houses Australia, Foxtel — Lifestyle), Jessica Marais (Love Child, Nine; The Wrong Girl, Ten), Rodger Corser (Doctor Doctor, Nine) and Tracy Grimshaw (A Current Affair, Nine).

On being presented with the award, Denyer gave an emotional acceptance speech. He said the offer to host Family Feud had come at a low point in his life.

He had chronic fatigue and a stomach illness – it was “a time when I wasn’t sure if I’d ever work again, or if I even wanted to”.

“I was in a bit of a hole. I was pretty sad, I was a bit lost. In fact, I was very unwell at that particular time,” a teary Denyer said.

Family Feud gave me a ladder out of that hole and I’m very lucky to have had it. So Family Feud, thank you so much. You saved me. I know it’s just television and I know it’s just entertainment but it means the world to me.”

Denyer also thanked Network Ten executives for choosing him for the hosting role. And he had a final word for Gleeson:

“Thanks for the hard chat mate, I appreciate it,” he said.

“Sometimes if you need to get some things done in this country, you need an angry redhead, and Pauline Hanson wasn’t available, so I had you mate. Thank you so much.”

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