TV presenter Grant Denyer has long denied rumors that he suffered from methamphetamine addiction.
So the Family Feud host, 44, was understandably upset when he saw an up-and-coming comedian joke about his so-called ‘drug problem’ during a stand-up routine.
Sydney comedian Sam Taunton, 30, this week recalled the mortifying moment he was faced with by Denyer after he told the crude joke about him on stage.
‘Beautiful set’: Comedian Sam Taunton (right) recalled the mortifying moment Grant Denyer (left) ‘confronted’ him with after joking on stage about rumors the TV star had a “drug problem”
“There are so many jokes that I regret saying on stage, but I used to make a few years ago about Grant Denyer when he was in the papers for, say, experimenting with drugs that keep you awake for long periods of time,” he said. Podcast I have news for you.
On one occasion, however, the joke backfired dramatically when Taunton noticed Denyer sitting in the audience.
He explained, “I saw [Denyer] after the show, I had to watch him face to face, and he said, “Good set mate. Maybe work on a few of those.”
Grant isn’t laughing: Taunton (right) said he ‘regrets’ joking about the rumors Denyer (left) had ‘experienced'[ed] with drugs that keep you awake for long periods of time”
Denyer was forced to deny drug use allegations in 2014 when Woman’s Day magazine claimed he and his wife Chezzi had checked into a Thai rehab center to cure a “$200,000 methamphetamine addiction per year”.
The magazine’s ‘source’ described Denyer as a ‘mess’ and went on to say: ‘He weighed 45 pounds, was really drawn around his face and looked sick. It was a shocking sight.
Although Denyer admitted he and his wife had visited The Cabin in Thailand, he denied they were there to treat meth addictions and threatened to sue Woman’s Day.
‘I saw [Denyer] after the show I had to watch him face to face”: on one occasion, however, the joke backfired dramatically when Taunton noticed Denyer sitting in the audience.
At the time, Denyer released a statement through his then-manager Titus Day denying the allegations.
“The claims that the couple are drug addicts and that Grant recently lost his contract with Channel Seven are both untrue,” the statement read.
“Grant and Chezzi Denyer are saddened by this week’s highly defamatory article in Woman’s Day magazine.
“The couple have been under immense stress in recent months due to Grant’s chronic fatigue brought on by exhaustion and an ongoing unknown stomach illness.”
Claims: Denyer was forced to deny allegations of drug use in 2014 when Woman’s Day claimed he and his wife Chezzi (left) went to a Thai rehab center to cure a ‘methamphetamine addiction $200,000 per year”
“Chezzi has also been dealing with issues of post-traumatic stress and anxiety resulting from Grant’s condition,” the statement concludes.
However, Denyer’s threats to take legal action against Woman’s Day never materialized.
Just 18 months after the scandalous story hit newsstands, the publication and the couple appeared to have kissed and reconciled.
Denial: While Denyer admitted he and his wife visited The Cabin in Thailand, he strongly denied they were there to treat meth addictions and threatened to sue Woman’s Day
In October 2015, Grant and Cheryl took part in an exclusive photo shoot and interview to mark the arrival of their daughter Scout.
The Women’s Day saga came years after Denyer battled a high-profile painkiller addiction, after breaking his back in a monster truck crash in 2008.
The accident left Grant with a vertebra shattered into 11 pieces, and doctors feared he would never be able to walk again.
Scary times: The Woman’s Day saga came years after Denyer battled a high-profile painkiller addiction, after breaking his back in a monster truck crash in 2008
However, the popular presenter made a remarkable comeback, triumphantly returning to TV screens and eventually winning a Gold Logie.
Denyer has previously opened up about his painkiller addiction during a chat with his fellow campers on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Last year.
He explained that he once threw eggs at his wife when he was hungry during her recovery.
Candide: Denyer once opened up about his painkiller addiction during a chat with his fellow campers on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Last year
“I decided to crash, which was…when I disappeared…” he told Abbie Chatfield, Alli Simpson and Toni Pearen.
‘Mate, I threw eggs at him [Chezzi] a night. I cracked it for some reason. I was hungry and in pain and confused and just started throwing eggs at him.
“She doesn’t deserve this, but you can’t stop.”
‘I cracked him for some reason’: The TV star explained that he once threw eggs at his wife when he was hungry during her recovery, saying: ‘She doesn’t deserve this , but you just can’t stop”