Ten to bring back The Amazing Race Australia, hosted by Beau Ryan

After much speculation, Ten has finally named the last franchise it will be adding to its 2019 slate. The Amazing Race Australia will return to screens after a five-year break, hosted by Beau Ryan.

Earlier this year at their mid-year upfronts, Ten’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey revealed that there would be one more franchise added to the slate for 2019, but that contract negotiations had slowed the announcement process.

The Amazing Race Australia was last on screens in 2014, when it wrapped after three seasons on Seven. The premiere drew 588,000 viewers while the final episode brought in 416,000. Before that, when season one kicked off in 2011, the premiere drew 1.28m. There was a gap between season two and season three, with the casting beginning in 2012 but the season not airing till 2014.

Ryan is a former-NRL player who spent his football career with the Cronulla Sharks and the Wests Tigers. He announced his retirement while he was on The Footy Show, which he began appearing on in 2009. He was known for his comedic work on the show, including a 2016 segment which Nine had to apologise for following backlash about racist comments made by Ryan.

The NRL Footy Show was axed in 2018. Ryan joined Macquarie Media’s Macquarie Sports Radio in 2018 but left after three months. He’s also previously filled in for Kiis FM’s Kyle Sandilands on the Kyle and Jackie O show.

In 2014 Ryan released a single, ‘Where You From?’ with the Justice Crew.

The Amazing Race Australia will hit screens later in the year and will see teams race around the world in a bid to be the last team standing and win a cash prize.

Ryan said he jumped at the chance to host the show.

“I’m really pumped to be hosting one of the biggest franchises on Australian TV. I jumped at the chance to combine two of my favourite things, people and travel. I can’t wait to get started. May the best team win,” said Ryan.

Photo: Nigel Wright

The Amazing Race Australia will be produced by Eureka Television in partnership with Profiles Television. McGarvey said the blend of the show is something which will nicely round out the rest of Ten’s programming slate.

“We cannot wait to bring The Amazing Race back to Australian audiences. It is a perfect blend of action, drama and captivating characters. We look forward to rounding out our 50-week schedule with an epic and fun adventure series,” said McGarvey.

The Amazing Race first aired in the US in 2001 and will return to Ten-owner CBS in 2019 for its 32nd season. The format has also been commissioned in 13 countries around the world.

Eureka CEO, Paul Franklin, said: “It’s one of the truly original and iconic shows of all time and it’s an honour and a privilege to be working with Network 10 in putting the Australian spin on such an incredible format. An international rollercoaster ride of a show with a big heart, this series will be one that the whole family can enjoy.”


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