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Television presenter Grant Denyer has long denied false rumours he once suffered from an addiction to the drug methamphetamine.

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 funnyman Sam Taunton, 30, this week recalled the mortifying moment he was confronted by Denyer after telling the crass joke about him on stage.

'Nice set, mate': Comedian Sam Taunton has recalled the mortifying moment Grant Denyer (pictured) 'confronted' him after he joked on stage about rumours the TV star once had a 'drug issue'

'Nice set, mate': Comedian Sam Taunton has recalled the mortifying moment Grant Denyer (pictured) 'confronted' him after he joked on stage about rumours the TV star once had a 'drug issue'

Pictured: Sydney comedian Sam Taunton

Pictured: Sydney comedian Sam Taunton

‘Nice set’: Comedian Sam Taunton (right) has recalled the mortifying moment Grant Denyer (left) ‘confronted’ him after he joked on stage about rumours the TV star once had a ‘drug issue’

‘There’s so many jokes I regret saying on stage, but I used to do a bit years ago about Grant Denyer when he was in the papers for, let’s say, experimenting with drugs that keep you awake for long periods of time,’ he told I’ve Got News For You podcast.

On one occasion, however, the joke spectacularly backfired when Taunton noticed Denyer was sitting in the audience.   

He explained: ‘I saw [Denyer] after the show, I had to look face to face with him, and he said, “Nice set mate. Maybe work on a few of those.”‘

Grant's not laughing: Taunton said he 'regretted' joking about the false rumours Denyer (pictured) had 'experiment[ed] with drugs that keep you awake for long periods of time'

Grant's not laughing: Taunton said he 'regretted' joking about the false rumours Denyer (pictured) had 'experiment[ed] with drugs that keep you awake for long periods of time'

Edgy humour: 'There's so many jokes I regret saying on stage, but I used to do a bit years ago about Grant Denyer when he was in the papers for, let's say, experimenting with drugs that keep you awake for long periods of time,' he told I've Got News For You podcast

Edgy humour: 'There's so many jokes I regret saying on stage, but I used to do a bit years ago about Grant Denyer when he was in the papers for, let's say, experimenting with drugs that keep you awake for long periods of time,' he told I've Got News For You podcast

Grant’s not laughing: Taunton (right) said he ‘regretted’ joking about the false rumours Denyer (left) had ‘experiment[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 wife Chezzi had checked into a Thai rehab facility to address a ‘$200,000-a-year meth addiction’.  

The magazine’s ‘source’ described Denyer as a ‘mess’ and went on to claim, ‘He was 45 kilos, really drawn around his face and looked sick. It was a shocking sight.’

While Denyer admitted he and his wife did visit 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 look face to face with him': On one occasion, however, the joke spectacularly backfired when Taunton noticed Denyer was sitting in the audience

'I saw [Denyer] after the show, I had to look face to face with him': On one occasion, however, the joke spectacularly backfired when Taunton noticed Denyer was sitting in the audience

‘I saw [Denyer] after the show, I had to look face to face with him’: On one occasion, however, the joke spectacularly backfired when Taunton noticed Denyer was sitting in the audience 

At the time, Denyer released a statement via his then-manager Titus Day denying the allegations.

‘Claims that the couple have a drug addiction and that Grant recently lost his Channel Seven contract are both false,’ the statement read.

‘Grant and Chezzi Denyer are saddened by the highly defamatory article in this week’s Woman’s Day magazine.

‘The couple have been under immense stress in recent months due to Grant dealing with chronic fatigue brought on by exhaustion and an ongoing unknown stomach illness.’ 

Claims: Denyer was forced to deny drug-use allegations in 2014 when Woman's Day claimed he and wife Chezzi (left) had checked into a Thai rehab facility to address a '$200,000-a-year meth addiction'

Claims: Denyer was forced to deny drug-use allegations in 2014 when Woman's Day claimed he and wife Chezzi (left) had checked into a Thai rehab facility to address a '$200,000-a-year meth addiction'

Claims: Denyer was forced to deny drug-use allegations in 2014 when Woman’s Day claimed he and wife Chezzi (left) had checked into a Thai rehab facility to address a ‘$200,000-a-year meth addiction’

‘Chezzi has also been dealing with PTSD and anxiety issues resulting from Grant’s condition,’ the statement concluded.  

Denyer’s threats to take legal action against Woman’s Day never eventuated, however.

Just 18 months after the scandalous story hit newsstands, the publication and the couple seemed to have kissed and made up.

Denial: While Denyer admitted he and his wife did visit The Cabin in Thailand, he strongly denied they were there to treat meth addictions and threatened to sue Woman's Day

Denial: While Denyer admitted he and his wife did visit The Cabin in Thailand, he strongly denied they were there to treat meth addictions and threatened to sue Woman's Day

Denial: While Denyer admitted he and his wife did visit 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 to arrival of their daughter Scout.  

The Woman’s Day saga came years after Denyer battled a highly publicised painkiller addiction, after breaking his back during a freak monster-truck accident in 2008. 

The crash left Grant with a vertebrae that was shattered in 11 pieces, and doctors feared he might never walk again. 

Scary time: The Woman's Day saga came years after Denyer battled a highly publicised painkiller addiction, after breaking his back during a freak monster-truck accident in 2008

Scary time: The Woman's Day saga came years after Denyer battled a highly publicised painkiller addiction, after breaking his back during a freak monster-truck accident in 2008

Scary time: The Woman’s Day saga came years after Denyer battled a highly publicised painkiller addiction, after breaking his back during a freak monster-truck accident in 2008

However, the popular presenter made a remarkable recovery, triumphantly returning to TV screens and eventually winning a Gold Logie.

Denyer previously spoke about his painkiller addiction during a discussion with his campmates on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! last year. 

He explained he’d once pelted eggs at his wife when he was hungry during his recovery.

Candid: Denyer previously spoke about his painkiller addiction during a discussion with his campmates on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! last year

Candid: Denyer previously spoke about his painkiller addiction during a discussion with his campmates on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! last year

Candid: Denyer previously spoke about his painkiller addiction during a discussion with his campmates on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! last year

‘I decided to crash off it which was… when I went missing…’ he told Abbie Chatfield, Alli Simpson and Toni Pearen.

‘Mate, I pelted eggs at her [Chezzi] one night. I cracked it for some reason. I was hungry and was in pain and was confused and I just started throwing eggs at her.

‘She doesn’t deserve this, but you just can’t stop.’

'I cracked it for some reason': The TV star explained he had once pelted eggs at his wife when he was hungry during his recovery, saying: 'She doesn't deserve this, but you just can't stop'

'I cracked it for some reason': The TV star explained he had once pelted eggs at his wife when he was hungry during his recovery, saying: 'She doesn't deserve this, but you just can't stop'

‘I cracked it for some reason’: The TV star explained he had once pelted eggs at his wife when he was hungry during his recovery, saying: ‘She doesn’t deserve this, but you just can’t stop’

Source: DailyMail

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