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Grant Denyer is surprise Gold Logie winner


Grant Denyer was the surprise winner of this year's Gold Logie award after a last-minute campaign run by comedian Tom Gleeson.

Denyer credited his axed show Family Feud with getting him through a tough time as he accepted the gong at the annual Logie Awards on the Gold Coast on Sunday night.

"I was pretty sad I was a bit lost and Family Feud came along and in fact I was very unwell, I was very unwell at that particular time. And Family Feud gave me a ladder out of that hole and I'm very lucky to have had it. It gave me my mojo back," Denyer said on stage.

A Current Affair's Tracy Grimshaw was expected to win the award but Gleeson started the #denyerforgold campaign which even had the support of Hollywood star Russell Crowe.

Earlier in the night, TV veteran Bert Newton made an off-colour joke about mentoring which he later shrugged off as an innocent remark.

Other winners on the night included Home and Away actor Ray Meagher, Hugo Weaving, Jessica Marais, shows Wentworth and Romper Stomper, while TV show 60 Minutes was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame.

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