Family Feud: Grant Denyer to host show's return to celebrate frontline workers

HE'S BACK: Bathurst's Grant Denyer is set to host Family Feud when it makes a return to the small screen later this month. Photo: WIN
HE'S BACK: Bathurst's Grant Denyer is set to host Family Feud when it makes a return to the small screen later this month. Photo: WIN

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There's no doubt that 2020 has been a tough year, it started with a drought and then the coronavirus pandemic continues to tear lives away and leave many others sick.

But the all singing, all dancing Grant Denyer is bringing Family Feud back to celebrate those who have been doing it tough.

Filming of the show has just wrapped up and contestants include nurses, teachers, firefighters, farmers and supermarket workers, with a $100,000 cash prize up for grabs each night.

It's a little over two years since the show was axed and it will make its debut on August 18 and run for 12 weeks.

Speaking to the Western Advocate from his farm in Bathurst, in NSW's Central Tablelands, Mr Denyer said it's been a tough year for many and he's excited to be bringing back a bit of joy to television.

"It's about saying thank you and the whole country saying thank you to them," he said.

"To be able to open the door to nurses, to hospital cleaners to supermarket shelf stackers and we've got some Bathurst emergency ward nurses playing which is awesome."

The team Bathurst nurses features Kane Horan, Mel Lund, James Adams and Kathi Hamilton, and Mr Denyer said they were "hilarious".

"They're so brave and heroic for manning the front line ... they were the ones fronting up every single day wondering if the next patient they see is going to make them horrendously sick," he said.

Mr Denyer said coming back to the show was wonderful, but at this stage there's no plans to bring it back on a permanent basis.

"The show means a lot to me, I made 1500 episodes over four years and it took me onto a Gold Logie so it holds a very special place in my heart that show," he said.

"At a time like this where there's so much uncertainty and there's a lot of fear around with COVID, it's nice to make a show that's silly and magnificent, where people say stupid things and we all have a laugh.

"There's no more important thing right now than silly to make us all feel OK and good again."

While Mr Denyer couldn't reveal any big results on the show, he said "a lot of people go home a lot richer".

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