Moment TV star Grant Denyer is asked about his rumored ‘ice addiction’ on live radio… after threatening to sue a tabloid over the allegations
TV and radio presenter Grant Denyer has long denied rumors that he was once addicted to methamphetamine, also known as ice cream.
And the 44-year-old was asked bluntly about the rumors during a quick interview on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday.
During the “Spit or Swallow” segment, radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson asked, “Have you ever used an illegal substance since it was rumored you were addicted to ice cream?”
Rumors: Watch the moment Grant Denyer (pictured) was asked about his ‘ice addiction’ rumor on live radio – years after he threatened to sue a magazine for making the claims
The question was worded carefully so that Henderson didn’t directly ask Denyer if the rumors were true, only if he had taken any medication since the rumors came to light.
His co-host Kyle Sandilands laughed: ‘Ha! It’s true, I remember!
Denyer replied: “Have I ever used an illegal substance since it was rumored that I had…?” No, I haven’t used any illicit substance since that rumor, no.
Woman’s Day reported in February 2014 that Denyer and his wife Chezzi had sought treatment for drug problems at The Cabin rehabilitation center in Thailand.
The magazine also claimed the former Family Feud host spends around $200,000 a year on meth.
Segment: The 44-year-old was asked bluntly about the rumors during a quick interview on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday. (Photo: radio host Kyle Sandilands)
Grant vehemently denied the rumors and released a statement saying he would take legal action against the publication, which never materialized.
A Women’s Day spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia in July 2014: ‘To the best of our knowledge, no legal proceedings have been initiated at this time.’
“Women’s Day stays true to our history.”
Grant’s agent, Titus Day, said at the time that although legal action was considered, it ultimately proved too costly for the Denyers.
Hot seat: During a ‘Spit or Swallow’ segment, radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (pictured) asked: ‘Have you ever used an illegal substance since it was rumored you were addicted to ice cream?”
“Legal costs were estimated at over a million dollars and at least a two year wait until there is a trial. It was an important consideration then and probably still is,” Day said.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia the same year, Grant described the history of Women’s Day as “a very hurtful and uncomfortable thing”.
“It was a cruel article from a stupid magazine, so I’m not too worried about it. If the sticks and stones hurt me too much, I probably shouldn’t be on TV,” he said. added.
He Said, She Said: Woman’s Day reported in 2014 that Denyer and his wife Chezzi sought treatment for drug problems at The Cabin rehab center in Thailand. The Denyers denied the story and threatened to sue, but Women’s Day doubled down and the case never went to court