Grant Denyer in tears over near-fatal accident on I’m a Celebrity

He’s long been a fan of rally car driving, balancing his media career with the sport.

And on tonight’s episode of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, as reported by news.com.au, Grant Denyer breaks down in tears as he recalls a near-fatal accident. 

The 43-year-old broke his coccyx when he crashed into a tree going 165km an hour, while competing in the Lake Mountain sprint in 2017 in Melbourne, as part of the Australian Rally Championships. 

'I don't want to hurt my family': Grant Denyer, 43, breaks down in tears on Monday's episode of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of here! as he recalls a near-fatal accident while rally car driving. Pictured on Sunday's premiere episode

‘I don’t want to hurt my family’: Grant Denyer, 43, breaks down in tears on Monday’s episode of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of here! as he recalls a near-fatal accident while rally car driving. Pictured on Sunday’s premiere episode 

In a piece to camera, Grant explains that while he is prepared to take risks when it comes to the sport, it’s not worth it when he has a family.  

‘I put a lot of chips in the motorsport basket, and I’m prepared to take those risks but I don’t want to hurt the people that are around me,’ he said in between tears.

The TV host is married to media personality Chezzi Denyer, and the couple, who are expecting their third child, are already proud parents to daughters Sailor, nine, and Scout, five. 

Near-fatal: The television presenter broke his coccyx when he crashed into a tree going 165km an hour, while competing in the Lake Mountain sprint in 2017 in Melbourne, as part of the Australian Rally Championships

Near-fatal: The television presenter broke his coccyx when he crashed into a tree going 165km an hour, while competing in the Lake Mountain sprint in 2017 in Melbourne, as part of the Australian Rally Championships 

Family: In a piece to camera, Grant explains that while he is prepared to take risks when it comes to the sport, it's not worth it when he has a family. Pictured with pregnant wife Chezzi Denyer and their daughters Sailor, nine, and Scout, five

Family: In a piece to camera, Grant explains that while he is prepared to take risks when it comes to the sport, it’s not worth it when he has a family. Pictured with pregnant wife Chezzi Denyer and their daughters Sailor, nine, and Scout, five 

While attending the TV WEEK Logie Awards in April 2017, the month following his near-fatal accident, Chezzi told the Sydney Morning Herald that she would not force Grant to quit the sport. 

‘I have left that decision up to him,’ she said at the time. ‘He loves racing more than he loves TV… but he will be much more measured in what risks he’ll take from now on.’ 

Grant also told the publication of the accident: ‘It was a close call. I was really lucky to walk away from that one, in all seriousness they are the accidents that kill people.’  

'I have left that decision up to him': While attending the TV WEEK Logie Awards in April 2017, the month following his near-fatal accident, Chezzi told the Sydney Morning Herald that she would not force Grant to quit the sport. Pictured in November

‘I have left that decision up to him’: While attending the TV WEEK Logie Awards in April 2017, the month following his near-fatal accident, Chezzi told the Sydney Morning Herald that she would not force Grant to quit the sport. Pictured in November

The Family Feud host debuted on Sunday’s premiere episode of I’m a Celebrity alongside other names including Jack Vidgen, Abbie Chatfield and Toni Pearen.

Due to the pandemic, producers swapped the South African jungle in favour of a camp in Queensland. 

The show is already proving to be a ratings smash for Channel 10, starting the year with more than one million viewers.   

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of here! airs Sundays to Thursdays at 7.30pm on Channel Ten  

His passion: The Family Feud host has long been a fan of rally car driving, balancing his media career with the sport

His passion: The Family Feud host has long been a fan of rally car driving, balancing his media career with the sport 

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