Top Aussie TV hosts: Where are they now?

WE SPENT hours watching them on our TV screens and wouldn't dream of missing out on an minute of their TV shows, but what happened to some of Australia' best-loved TV hosts?

PERFECT MATCH: Former TV show co-hosts Greg Evans and Kerrie Friend caught up at Noosa.
PERFECT MATCH: Former TV show co-hosts Greg Evans and Kerrie Friend caught up at Noosa. Michele Sternberg

GREG EVANS

The Perfect Match host that we all loved is still working his romantic magic, but this time as a popular marriage celebrant based in Melbourne.

Born in April 17, 1953, Evans was a fixture on Australian TV screens in the 1980s as the host of Perfect Match. The dating game show aired for 30 minutes most weekdays from 5.30pm between 1984 and 1989.

Who can forget Evans' robotic sidekick Dexter, who generated the contestants "compatibility scores", or the ritzy weekend's away that many of the couples won to 'Surf Air' at Marcoola on the Sunshine Coast.

Tony Barber performs the Foxtrot with his Dancing With The Stars partner Melanie Hooper in the 2013 series debut show.
Tony Barber performs the Foxtrot with his Dancing With The Stars partner Melanie Hooper in the 2013 series debut show. Contributed by Channel 7

TONY BARBER

The longstanding and much-loved host of Sale of the Century from 1980 to 1991, Tony Barber was a permanent fixture on Australian television for many years.

He hosted a number of Australia's top game shows at different times, including Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune and the Australian version of Jeopardy!

In fact, Barber estimates that he has hosted over 8500 individual episodes of TV games shows for Australian television production company Grundy over the years.

These days he works as a master of ceremonies at corporate events, and recently graced our screens as a contestant on the 2013 series of Dancing with the Stars.

One thing you might not know about Barber - who turns 78 in March - is that he spent seven years training as a Royal Australian Naval Officer, before getting his first job as a radio announcer in 1961.

DON BURKE

For many of us, it wouldn't have been a Friday night in the late '80s and '90s without spending an hour with Don Burke watching Burke's Backyard.

In fact, many of us can probably still sing the theme song, which itself was a modified version of Give Me a Home Among the Gumtrees.

The gardener extraordinaire and his show were a firm fixture in the hearts of the Aussie public for 17 years, and he has since been a driving force behind shows such as Backyard Blitz and Renovation Rescue.

A professional horticulturist, Don has been awarded an OAM for services to environment and media.

Don still makes appearances at community events and offers gardening hints and tips through the Burke's Backyard Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BurkesBackyard/).

Heck, he even still has a website (www.burkesbackyard.com.au) with gardening advice and videos etc - basically it's like an online version of the show we all know and love.

He has also recently been back in the spotlight with his wife Marea, discussing her battles with breast cancer and Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM).

Daryl Somers hosts the TV series You're Back in the Room.
Daryl Somers hosts the TV series You're Back in the Room. Channel 9

DARYL SOMERS

Hey hey, we all miss Saturday nights with Daryl Somers.

As the host of Hey Hey It's Saturday alongside his co-host the pink hand-puppet Ossie Ostrich, the series' distinctive brand of irreverent humour saw many Aussies glued to their TV sceens every Saturday night.

Hey Hey screened for 28 years (1971-99) on the Nine Network across Australia, and it was a shock to many viewers when it was axed at the end of 1999.

Somers went on to host Dancing with the Stars alongside Sonia Kruger for the first seven series, before he was replaced in season 8 when he returned to host the short-lived rebooted Hey Hey, It's Saturday in 2009-10.

Somers was also awarded the OAM in the Queen's 2004 New Year's Honours List for his services to the television and entertainment industries, to charitable organizations and to the community.

Proving you're never too old, last year he graced our screens once more as the host of the Australian version of TV game show about hypnotism You're Back in the Room.

Red Symons.
Red Symons.

RED SYMONS

Best known as the lead guitarist in the band Skyhooks and the snide judge of the Red Faces segment on Hey Hey It's Saturday, Red Symons was one of those TV personalities the public loved to hate, and Red played up to that fact with his on-camera persona is a sarcastic killjoy.

Since Hey Hey ended in 1999, he has appeared on a litany of TV programs, including hosting the game show flop Shafted in 2002, and appearing as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother Australia that same year.

He currently enjoys top ratings as the host of 774 ABC Melbourne's radio breakfast show.

One fact you might not know about Red is that he guest-starred in Neighbours in 1985 as criminal Gordon Miller, Terry Robinson's ex-husband.

He also scored higher than any of the other celebrities on the series Test Australia: The National IQ Test, with an IQ of 131.


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