The more things change the more they stay the same.
Being a gameshow host wasn't Grant Denyer's first career choice. But the face of Australia's Family Feud has risen from his program's ashes to host a new show on the turbulent Ten Network.
Later this year, Denyer will host Ten's new family entertainment show Game of Games. The format is a carbon-copy of the gameshow hosted and produced by Ellen DeGeneres for NBC in the United States.
The show pits contestants against each other in a tournament-style series of games – featuring everything from simple trivia to challenges involving bungee cords.
On Monday morning, Denyer's radio co-host Em Rusciano said she was disappointed because the show implies it will be a Hunger Games-style program.
"It's disappointingit's not that," she said. "You had a little bit of a stink on you because Family Feud is being rested. So thank god Ten announced you have a new job… you're [now] a viable prospect."
Denyer has previously spoken about how he doesn't like being pigeonholed as a quiz master.
"Gameshow host is a tag I never really liked or enjoyed, to be honest," he revealed last month.
The Network Ten personality snared a Gold Logie nomination last week for his work on Family Feud. The gameshow host will face off against Tracy Grimshaw, Amanda Keller, The Wrong Girl's Jessica Marais and Doctor Doctor's Rodger Corser for Australian TV's most coveted award.
The awards will be held on the Gold Coast for the first time on Sunday, July 1.
Broede Carmody is an entertainment reporter at Fairfax Media.
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