Speculation that Network Ten's Family Feud was on thin ice has proven to be true. But the nail isn't in the coffin just yet.
Family Feud has merely been put to rest for the time being, a spokesperson tells TV WEEK.
"Family Feud has been an important part of our schedule for the past four years, but we feel it is time to rest the show," the spokesperson says.
"It will be put on hold later this year."
Since the show made the jump from the Nine Network to Network Ten back in 2014, host Grant Denyer has fronted a huge 1200 episodes. But after four years on air, he says they drove the format into the ground.
"Six days a week, twice a day, plus All Star episodes, we might have squeezed that lemon a little bit too much," the 40-year-old admits.
Announcing the sad news on his morning radio show 2DayFM Breakfast with Em, Grant & Ed this morning, Grant declared Family Feud a success for both his career and the network.
"It's obviously been a huge success for myself and for Ten for four years," he enthused.
"It obviously reinvigorated that 6pm timeslot [on Network Ten] which was dead for them for about five years.
"We only thought we'd get two years out of it so it was really lovely to stretch it to four."
It's not all bad news for Network Ten, however. Their spokesperson confirms a replacement show is on its way!
"We will be announcing an exciting new game show very soon," they add.
"We will also have some exciting news about Grant Denyer's new show on TEN soon."
The network's changes follow one of Grant's own. He recently dived into a radio career in the struggling breakfast timeslot on 2DayFM.
"There's no risk, because it [radio ratings] can't go backwards," he tells TV WEEK. "We don't have to be number one – but I'm a competitive little beast!"
And with a new TV project on the way, it seems his 'work hard' mantra holds strong.
"It's a philosophy I've had most of my life: bite off more than you can chew and just chew like hell!" he laughs.
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Australian Women's WeeklyFeb 14, 2019