Grant Denyer opens up about a furious altercation with former Sunrise executive producer Adam Boland on the latest episode of his podcast with wife Cheryl, It’s All True.
Denyer revealed he “nearly killed” Boland during the heated physical stoush, which took place as Boland prepared to farewell Seven’s long-running breakfast show in 2010.
The program was to broadcast live from Hawaii in an elaborate week-long salute to Boland, something weatherman Denyer “didn’t really want to do.”
He said both he and Boland were “admittedly not in the best form of our lives” at the time. Denyer was newly-married to wife Cheryl, who was also six months pregnant and working as a TV producer.
He said Boland gave him an ultimatum if he wanted to bring Cheryl on the trip: “She has to pay for her own flights and she needs to work.”
Denyer claimed that while in Hawaii, Boland was “not hands on – he wanted to swan by the pool, have fun and bask in the glow of his success”.
Cheryl, however, was put to work scouting locations, producing Sunrise segments and “doing a lot of running around”.
A technical failure during one morning’s broadcast saw Cheryl cop Boland’s wrath.
“He turns on Cheryl and starts having a go at her. He says Cheryl is useless, incompetent … and he called you a b**ch,” Denyer said.
“He starts flat-out abusing us. Proper abuse. It wasn’t his finest hour, and it certainly wasn’t my finest hour.”
Denyer explained what happened as he went to the control room and confronted Boland.
“I blew up at him, told him to get f***ed. I said, ‘You will never talk to my wife like that. There is no way you’ll ever talk to my wife like that.’ I grabbed him and slammed him against the wall and held him by the throat, yelling at him for 10 minutes on,” Denyer revealed.
“I let him have it double barrels. I was going to rip his head off, I was so furious. Nobody intervened. I did the wrong thing but I needed to have my say and eventually it took three people to pull me off him!”
Denyer said the incident was “not something I’m particularly proud of”. “I am ashamed of my actions and I would do it differently now,” he said.
Surprisingly given that explosive send-off from Sunrise, Denyer says he and his former boss have since patched things up. “We’re all good now,” he said.
“We’ve made up, we’ve spoken about it and we’re all good now.”
Offering her memories of the incident, Cheryl said her husband’s actions were “heroic but scary”. “You really snapped. In all the years that I’ve known you, I’ve never seen that happen,” she said.
Boland himself had previously discussed the fight in his 2014 memoir Brekky Central, but said the stoush was a case of “crossed wires” that meant Denyer mistakenly thought he had insulted Cheryl.
“I don’t think he sees it the same way I see it,” Denyer said during the podcast.
News.com.au has contacted Adam Boland for comment.