Game show hosts where are they now

Australia has long had an affinity with televised game shows.

Sale of The Century, Perfect Match and Wheel Of Fortune - viewers have long enjoyed tuning in to watch everyday people vying to snare anything from a new BMW to an attractive lounge suite.

But it's the effervescent hosts that fronted these shows, from Tony Barber and Ian Turpie in the 1970s and 1980s to Grant Denyer and Andrew O'Keefe in 2017, that have long kept viewers and contestants engaged.

So just where are Australia's most loved game show hosts now?  

Tony Barber: Sale Of The Century/Great Temptation

Legend: Tony Barber was one of the most beloved television presenters of the 1980s, thanks to his role on the hugely successful quiz show Sale Of The Century.

Legend: Tony Barber was one of the most beloved television presenters of the 1980s, thanks to his role on the hugely successful quiz show Sale Of The Century.

Still at it: These days Tony, 76, has stepped out of the limelight but still keeps himself busy with corporate speaking gigs. He last appeared on Australian screens on the 2013 iteration of Dancing With The Stars. Tony is pictured with wife Kristine

Still at it: These days Tony, 76, has stepped out of the limelight but still keeps himself busy with corporate speaking gigs. He last appeared on Australian screens on the 2013 iteration of Dancing With The Stars. Tony is pictured with wife Kristine

Tony Barber was one of the most beloved television presenters of the 1980s thanks to his role on the hugely successful quiz show Sale Of The Century.

With a tenure that lasted for eleven years, from 1980 to 1991, Tony became known for his jaunty run to the podium at the start of each episode.

After his Sale stint ended, Tony had a brief stint as host of Wheel Of Fortune and the short-lived Australian version of jeopardy.

These days Tony, 76, has stepped out of the limelight but still keeps himself busy with corporate speaking gigs. He last appeared on Australian screens on the 2013 iteration of Dancing With The Stars.

Appearing on Today Extra recently, Tony revealed that a woman had died on the game show Great Temptation that he hosted in the 1970s. 

'I said, “How is she? She seems to have passed out.” And he said, “Tony, she’s passed on.” It was awful and very upsetting for everybody there of course.’

‘But you know what television people are like,’ the star teased. ‘Someone was heard to remark, “I suppose we’ll have to do this episode again!”’ 

Greg Evans: Perfect Match

Cupid: Greg Evans was the host of the kitsch 1980s dating show Perfect Match. Trading gags with his camp robot sidekick Dexter, Greg helped hundreds of singles find love during his time on the popular show

Cupid: Greg Evans was the host of the kitsch 1980s dating show Perfect Match. Trading gags with his camp robot sidekick Dexter, Greg helped hundreds of singles find love during his time on the popular show

Apt: These days Greg has pretty much stepped away from the camera, but has kept the love theme going with work as a marriage celebrant in Melbourne

Apt: These days Greg has pretty much stepped away from the camera, but has kept the love theme going with work as a marriage celebrant in Melbourne

Greg Evans was the host of the kitsch 1980s dating show Perfect Match.

Trading gags with his camp robot sidekick Dexter, Greg helped hundreds of singles find love during his time on the popular show.

When his time on Perfect Match ended in 1986 (he later returned for the show's final season in 1988), Greg went on to host the less successful game shows Say G'Day and Crossfire.

In 1991, he fronted another dating show - the short-lived Blind Date - before going on to host afternoon talk show Monday to Friday.

These days Greg has pretty much stepped away from the limelight, but has kept the love theme going with work as a marriage celebrant in Melbourne.

Speaking to the Herald Sun in 2015, Greg said he had little time for modern dating shows like Married at First Sight and The Bachelor.

'They all take such a long time. Perfect Match was like speed dating by comparison. We would have two couples matched up and off on holiday together by the end of the show. With these other ones you have to wait eight or nine weeks before anyone gets together,' he said. 

Rob Brough: Family Feud

Well liked: The affable and curly haired Rob Brough hosted Family Feud from 1988 to 1996, making him the longest serving host on the Channel Ten show.

Well liked: The affable and curly haired Rob Brough hosted Family Feud from 1988 to 1996, making him the longest serving host on the Channel Ten show.

Kicking goals: A keen rugby league fan, Rob is also the head coach for the Kawana Dolphins who play in the Sunshine Coast-Gympie competition

Kicking goals: A keen rugby league fan, Rob is also the head coach for the Kawana Dolphins who play in the Sunshine Coast-Gympie competition

The affable and curly haired Rob Brough hosted Family Feud from 1988 to 1996, making him the longest serving host on the Channel Ten show.

Following his time on Family Feud, Rob started presenting for Seven Local News on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.

Rob still presents the nightly bulletin for Seven Queensland covering its Cairns, Townsville and Central Queensland editions.

A keen rugby league fan, Rob is also the head coach for the Kawana Dolphins who play in the  Sunshine Coast-Gympie competition.  

Ian Turpie: The Price Is Right 

Icon: Ian 'Turps' Turpie was one of the best loved presenters to ever grace our television screens.

Icon: Ian 'Turps' Turpie was one of the best loved presenters to ever grace our television screens.

Tragic: A heavy smoker, Ian was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and died in March 2012, aged 68

Tragic: A heavy smoker, Ian was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and died in March 2012, aged 68

Ian 'Turps' Turpie was one of the best loved presenters to ever grace our television screens.

A game show veteran, Ian was best known for being the inaugural host of The Price Is Right.

Post Price Is Right, Ian re-invented himself somewhat as a comedic actor, popping up in such fare as Paul Fenech's Housos and Swift And Shift Couriers.

A heavy smoker, Ian was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and died in March 2012, aged 68.

Larry Emdur, who took over Price Is Right Hosting duties for the 2012 reboot dedicated the fisrt episode and tweeted following his death: 'So many jokes to tell, so many yarns to spin,

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