TV and Showbiz / 26-03-2020

Grant Denyer calls for the Logie Awards to be CANCELLED

Grant Denyer has called for this year's Logie Awards to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ceremony is usually held the Gold Coast in late June or early July, by which time COVID-19 will most likely still be a public health concern. 

The Dancing with the Stars host said that going ahead with the TV industry's night of nights would be 'self-indulgent' and unnecessary. 

Grant Denyer calls for the Logie Awards to be CANCELLED

'It feels wrong and self-indulgent in these times': Grant Denyer has called for this year's Logie Awards to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured on July 1, 2018

'It feels wrong and self-indulgent in these times for the industry to pat itself on the back,' he told the Herald Sun on Wednesday.

'I hope they pause the event, either delay it in a major way, or put it off for a year. However, as Amanda Keller's campaign manager, I certainly want to see it return at some point.'

This year's event is scheduled for on June 28 and organisers are yet to make a formal announcement as to whether it will go ahead.

Grant, 42, famously took home the Gold Logie in 2018.

Having his say: The Dancing with the Stars host said that going ahead with the TV industry's night of nights would be 'self-indulgent' and unnecessary

It comes after viewers blasted DWTS last week after the contestants ignored social distancing restrictions designed to limit the spread of coronavirus. 

While the program is no longer being filmed in front of a live audience, the show's format forces its competitors to physically interact with their dance partners.

'@DancingOn10, I didn't realise that being a celebrity was an antidote for the coronavirus,' one person tweeted.

'Where is all the social distancing between the judges, the non-dancing contestants and hosts? You should be leading by example, if we are going to reduce the workload of our ICUs.' 

Quality time: When father-of-two Grant is not in Melbourne hosting DWTS, he is practising social distancing with his family at their rural property outside of Bathurst, NSW

Channel 10 is now planning to wrap up the competition this Sunday, a week earlier than scheduled, as a safety measure for the cast and crew. 

When father-of-two Grant is not in Melbourne hosting DWTS, he is practising social distancing with his family at their rural property outside of Bathurst, NSW.

As of Friday morning, there are 2,996 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia, including 13 deaths. 

Pandemic: As of Friday morning, there are 2,996 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia, including 13 deaths

 



26-03-2020 18:00, source: dailymail, by James Foster
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