Grant Denyer's Road To Recovery And Returning To Television
A few weeks ago Grant Denyer's wife Chezzi posted a photo of the Gold Logie winner laid up in a hospital bed.
"It's been quite a number of years since I've seen my hubby in so much pain," Chezzi captioned the image.
And it's true.
While using a mallet to hammer pegs into a paddock to secure some new trees he had planted, Grant tore a disc in his back.
Wait, theres more. A few weeks after his injury, his daughter Sailor broke her arm.
"She fell off the monkey bars while I was getting emergency treatment on my back," Grant said, "my wife is buying panadol in bulk."
His injury meant he hasn't been able to take up his hosting gig on Dancing with the Stars for the last few weeks, in too much pain to do much walking or standing, confined mostly to a hospital bed.
"It came at the worst possible time," he told 10 daily via phone.
"Dancing is in full flight and going well, I'm on the radio each morning and have a brand new game show coming along which I'm massively excited about."
Grant said his back would sometimes trigger "lightning pains that knock your feet out from under you."
This makes walking and standing incredibly difficult, forcing him into bed rest which, for one of the busiest faces in the industry, wasn't easy.
"Not being able to make [Dancing with the Stars] was like watching your wife go on a date without you," he said.
"It's a really uncomfortable feeling, you don't want to let anyone down."
Planning to return for the penultimate episode, Grant knows he's ready resume the co-hosting position.
After receiving an epidural Grant said he'll be "smiling through a lot of discomfort" during Monday's show.
"I won't be doing the pasodoble but I also don't want to miss the party!"
Despite his absence, Grant said Dancing was left in safe hands with co-host Amanda Keller taking the reins.
On social media, Grant urged fans to get their votes in for Amanda for the Logies.
"I was lucky enough to have the most magical moment in my career last year," he said of his epic Gold Logie win.
"Words can't describe how special that was and it would be hard for that moment to ever be topped.
"It would be great to have someone else experience that and Amanda is well overdue," Grant continued.
But Dancing isn't the only thing on Grant's mind, on top of his morning radio show with Ed and Ash, he's gearing up for the launch of Celebrity Name Game.
"It's awesome, it's just so ludicrously wonderful and at times insanely stupid that it's just spectacular," he said when we asked him to describe the show.
The game show is based on the two-time Emmy Award-winning show of the same name in the U.S which was developed by Courtney Cox and David Arquette.
"They'd have a couple of wines outside their Malibu mansion with famous friends playing made up versions of charades almost, and they thought it was funny or that there was something in it, so they turned it into a TV show," Grant said.
"It works so incredibly well and I can't wait to be back on at 6pm," he said, admitting that he's excited to see some celebs get involved in the show.
"Watching them put in a terrible performance is one of my favourite things," he laughed.
"We're used to them being so perfect so watching them struggle, I've nearly broken a few ribs from laughing."
Here's hoping the first celebs deliver solid performances. Broken ribs are exactly what Grant Denyer doesn't need right now.
Dancing With The Stars airs 7.30 Monday on 10 and 10 play. Celebrity Name Game is coming soon to 6pm weeknights.
Featured image: Instagram.