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I'm a Celebrity: Grant Denyer looks distracted on Sunrise in resurfaced footage


Grant Denyer addressed his problematic relationship with alcohol on Tuesday’s episode of I’m a Celebrity, admitting he was often drunk on air while working as the Sunrise weather presenter.

And footage has resurfaced of the 43-year-old’s last day on Seven’s breakfast show, showing him looking gaunt and distracted during this difficult period in his life.

In the farewell segment from March 2013, Grant resigned live on air and spoke about the difficulties of travelling constantly for the job.

Battle: Grant Denyer addressed his problematic relationship with alcohol on Tuesday's episode of I'm a Celebrity, even admitting he was drunk on TV while working at Channel Seven's Sunrise

Battle: Grant Denyer addressed his problematic relationship with alcohol on Tuesday’s episode of I’m a Celebrity, admitting he was often drunk on air during his days as a Sunrise weatherman

He also discussed his daughter Sailor needing to spend more time with her father.

‘It’s the greatest job in the world, but now that Sailor is nearly two she probably needs to find out who her dad is,’ he said.

Throughout the broadcast, Grant appeared distracted, swinging from side to side and constantly looking off camera and up to the sky.

Farewell: Footage has now resurfaced of the 43-year-old's last day on Seven's breakfast show, showing him looking gaunt and distracted during those difficult days

Farewell: Footage has now resurfaced of the 43-year-old’s last day on Seven’s breakfast show, showing him looking gaunt and distracted during those difficult days

He looked very slender and seemed preoccupied by something, with his arms and legs moving constantly as he spoke.

While it’s not suggested Grant was under the influence of alcohol during this particular broadcast, the TV star certainly look tired and run-down.

He even admitted as such, telling viewers the daily travel had ‘taken a toll’.

Grant, who has also battled an addiction to painkillers in the past, admitted to drinking in excess to cope with his anxiety on Tuesday’s episode of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

‘I’d never put two and two together, and I’ve been asking myself this question for five years: “Do I have a problem?” And I think the answer is, “I do,”‘ he said.

Grant explained he only realised the extent of his issues with alcohol when he prepared to enter the wilderness on I’m a Celebrity. 

Honest: Grant, who has also battled an addiction to painkillers in the past, admitted to drinking in excess to cope with his anxiety on I'm a Celebrity on Tuesday

Honest: Grant, who has also battled an addiction to painkillers in the past, admitted to drinking in excess to cope with his anxiety on I’m a Celebrity on Tuesday

‘And it was coming in here, watching how I couldn’t control the pace at which I was drinking, because I do everything fast,’ he said.

‘I was trying to stem the fear and anxiety of what we were about to do and I thought, I think I do that every week.’

He continued: ‘I think I’ve only just realised… that I drink to lessen anxiety, which I didn’t really realise I had until I saw the pattern of fear coming into here and the anticipation of a new gig and “will I fit in?” [and] “is it going to be fun?”

‘Am I going to be successful in the challenges? Can I be funny for that long? All of these things, and I just started going like this [mimics drinking].’

Grant also revealed he was often drunk on TV while working as the Sunrise weather presenter from 2004 to 2006, and again from 2010 to 2013.

‘When I was doing Sunrise weather for years, the amount of times I was probably still drunk on air in the morning was too many,’ he said. 

The Gold Logie winner, who is expecting a third child with his wife, Chezzi, has since vowed to quit drinking altogether.

Teetotal: Grant has since vowed to quit drinking altogether

 Teetotal: Grant has since vowed to quit drinking altogether

‘I want to push the button on cancelling it (alcohol) altogether and see how I go,’ he told The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.

‘I am super worried why that scares me so much, which probably tells me it is something I need to do. I need to stop, it is not improving my life, in fact it is doing the opposite.

‘I am not an alcoholic, I am a three night a week drinker but it is the amounts that I need to look at and I am not getting anything out of it so that is going to be the new me in 2021.’

Baby on board! The Gold Logie winner is expecting a third child with his wife, Chezzi. The Denyers are pictured here with their daughters, Sailor and Scout

Baby on board! The Gold Logie winner is expecting a third child with his wife, Chezzi. The Denyers are pictured here with their daughters, Sailor and Scout



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