He was living in inner-city Sydney and enjoying married life with wife and Channel Seven news presenter Jodie Speers.
He was also waking up to the dreaded 3.30am alarm for his job on Today with Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson.
But these days, that’s all changed. Well, except for life with his wife, Jodie!
“There have been quite a few developments between visits from TV WEEK,” Ben laughs as we are welcomed into his family home on Sydney’s lower north shore.
In the time between shoots, Ben and Jodie have welcomed their two-year-old son Freddy, and daughter Pearl, nine months.
“I’ve replaced waking up with Today with waking up with Freddy and Pearl for the last two-and-a-half years,” the proud father-of-two says with a smile.
It was a shift in lifestyle and career that the 40-year-old was craving and it undoubtedly suits him.
As the cameras are getting into place, Ben is making sure all of Freddy’s toys are packed away.
Morning tea of a babycino and blueberries are hitting the spot for his two-year-old.
“He has expensive taste, this kid,” Ben laughs as he pops the fruit in front of Freddy.
If anyone follows Ben on Instagram, they will already be well-acquainted with “old mate” Freddy.
And, just like any new parent, Ben can’t get enough of hanging out with his little buddy and posting photos to show the world how proud he is of him – or how cute he is!
“Not a day goes by where Jodie and I don’t turn to each other and have a quiet laugh about something that has come out of Freddy’s mouth,” Ben says.
“Pearl isn’t saying much at the moment, but she is getting pretty close and she just started saying, ‘Mama.’”
As for the shift in gears from the fast-paced world of morning television to starting the day with babycinos and playgroup with Freddy – Ben couldn’t be happier.
“I’ve got no regrets on that front,” he confirms.
“Now I’m just the guy they go to when Karl is sick or having a break. I’m happy being the fill-in guy.
“Fatherhood is the greatest adventure you will ever go on in your life, and certainly the biggest learning curve.”
In his previous role, Ben might’ve been at the mercy of the big wigs at the Nine Network when it came to dictating his week, but it’s now little Freddy who calls the shots.
As Ben and Freddy head outside to play, the feisty two-year-old directs his dad around the backyard.
He tells Ben to push him around the lawn in his car. They stop to refuel at the specially made “Freddy’s Fuel” that Ben says his dad helped to make.
The father-of-two is quick to point out that he hasn’t taken his foot off the gas when it comes to his career.
As well as his highly successful radio drive show on 2GB in Sydney, Ben is always open to new projects, and was thrilled to take on the challenge of hosting Australian Ninja Warrior on the Nine Network.
“It actually didn’t come along at the best time because we had a newborn in the house,” Ben says.
“It was obviously a massive project for me, and I invested a lot in it. Even though I never heard of the thing, once I realised how big it was overseas, I couldn’t say no.
“It was fulfilling my boyhood dream of being a sports commentator.”
Working alongside The AFL Footy Show co-host Rebecca Maddern and former English Test cricketer Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff was the dream combo for him.
However, it was the determination of the Australian contestants that really impressed Ben – especially the women.
“I told some of the American producers of the show, ‘Watch out for the Aussie women,’ because I just had a feeling that they would do better than any of the other female contestants worldwide – and they did!” he says
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