How Beau Ryan transitioned from NRL player to TV star


‘It really paved the way for what was to come next!’ Beau Ryan reveals how he transitioned from NRL player to TV star


He’s the former professional rugby league footballer who hung up his boots in 2014.

And on Sunday, Beau Ryan revealed how he transformed from an NRL legend to a TV star.

The 36-year-old told The Daily Telegraph, he knew he would never earn the money his teammates were on and ‘wanted a plan for what he would do after football’.

Career: How Beau Ryan (pictured) transformed from an NRL legend to a TV star… as he reveals the key moment that paved the way for his successful career

In 2009, Beau’s manager set up a meeting with former Channel Nine Head of Sport Garry Burns.

‘I went into Channel 9 and took Chris Heighington along. I sat across from Burns and he got straight to it,’ he said.

Beau continued: ‘He told me to say something funny. I couldn’t think of anything so I just put some sh*t on Heighno. He laughed so I did it again. I ended up sitting there dumping on poor Heighno for about 10 minutes. He must have liked it.’

Backup plan: Beau said he knew he would never earn the money his teammates were on and 'wanted a plan for what he would do after football'

Backup plan: Beau said he knew he would never earn the money his teammates were on and ‘wanted a plan for what he would do after football’

After landing a regular role on The Footy show, Beau said TV became his focus and ‘I worked bloody hard at it.’

He said the moment that paved the way for his career was filling in for Kyle Sandilands as co-host of KIIS FM’s breakfast program with Jackie O Henderson.

‘It gave me an opportunity to show I was more than a footy guy and it really paved the way for what was to come next,’ he said.

New focus: In 2009, Beau's manager set up a meeting with former Channel Nine Head of Sport Garry Burns. After landing a regular role on The Footy show, Beau said TV became his focus and 'I worked bloody hard at it'

New focus: In 2009, Beau’s manager set up a meeting with former Channel Nine Head of Sport Garry Burns. After landing a regular role on The Footy show, Beau said TV became his focus and ‘I worked bloody hard at it’

Key moment: He revealed the moment that paved the way for his career was filling in for Kyle Sandilands as co-host of KIIS FM's breakfast program with Jackie O Henderson (right)

Key moment: He revealed the moment that paved the way for his career was filling in for Kyle Sandilands as co-host of KIIS FM’s breakfast program with Jackie O Henderson (right)

In 2013, Beau released his own song Where You From? via Sony Music Australia, the track debuting at number 19 on the ARIA singles chart.

Starring in his music video was Australian singing and dance group Justice Crew who won the 2010 season of Australia’s Got Talent.

In 2019, he was announced as the host of Ten’s The Amazing Race, replacing Grant Bowler.

He also appears as a regular guest on breakfast program Studio 10.

Role: In 2019, he was announced as the host of Ten's The Amazing Race. He also appears as a regular guest on breakfast program Studio 10. Pictured Beau and Sarah Harris

Role: In 2019, he was announced as the host of Ten’s The Amazing Race. He also appears as a regular guest on breakfast program Studio 10. Pictured Beau and Sarah Harris

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