Grant Denyer replaced by Rove McManus amid ongoing health woes

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Grant Denyer is taking some time off hosting Celebrity Name Game. Photo: Channel Ten

Grant Denyer is stepping down from his hosting duties on Channel Ten’s Celebrity Name Game due to ongoing health issues.

As of tonight, Aussie audiences will instead see Rove McManus filling in as the host of the show, a statement confirmed.

Denyer is still dealing with ongoing back problems, after being hospitalised for suffering a bulging disc injury back in March.

“But the show must go on, and I owe Rove McManus a big thank you for stepping in to my small shoes and hosting Celebrity Name Game for a short stint,” Grant said in a statement to TV Tonight.

“A consummate professional, household name and all-around top bloke, it’s no wonder they chose Rove to take over while I take some time to recover. The fact that Rove fits my wardrobe is only an added-bonus.”

Ongoing health issues for Grant Denyer

Grant was forced to take time off from his radio commitments and hosting roles on Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Name Game earlier this year due to back injuries he sustained on his NSW farm.

In April, the Gold Logie winner’s wife Chezzi Denyer updated fans on Instagram, saying he was “left in significant amount of pain after hosting Dancing With The Stars grand finale show last night”.

The host was then also struck down again when he was infected by a parasite, cryptosporidiosis, after his family trip to Bali in July.

“Who knew an innocent family holiday in Bali would end with me flat on my back again?” he added about his injury resurfacing.

New show for Rove McManus

The news comes as Rove gears up to launch into his own show, back on Australian screens, when Saturday Night Rove officially kicks off on Channel Ten on August 24.

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