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SAS Australia’s Merrick Watts and Grant Denyer trade barbs on Instagram

Merrick Watts and Grant Denyer are both known for their banter and witty comebacks, and this was particularly evident on Friday. 

They traded playful barbs at one another on Instagram, when former radio host Merrick discovered TV star Grant had finally followed him back on the site.

Sharing a screenshot of his Instagram activity, Merrick, 46, joked that he can now ‘unfollow’ Grant, 43, and ‘get on’ with his life. 

Witty: Grant (pictured) wasted no time in commenting under Merrick's post shared with his legion of fans

‘Sorry, unfollowing!’ Merrick Watts (left) and Grant Denyer (right) traded playful barbs on Instagram on Friday… and a popular mummy blogger was even thrown into the middle of it

‘Boom! How’s your Friday going? Clearly mine is nailed!’ Merrick wrote in the caption.

‘I’ve been following Grant for years and have commented on hundreds of his posts and finally… follows me back! Now I can unfollow him and get on with life!’ the comedian continued, alongside several laughing face emojis.  

Wasting no time, Grant replied in the comments section, joking how he had mistaken Merrick for popular mummy blogger Mel Watts.

Hilarious: Sharing a screenshot of his Instagram activity, Merrick, 46, joked that he can now 'unfollow' Grant, 43, and 'get on' with his life

Hilarious: Sharing a screenshot of his Instagram activity, Merrick, 46, joked that he can now ‘unfollow’ Grant, 43, and ‘get on’ with his life 

Banter: 'I've been following Grant for years and have commented on hundreds of his posts and finally... follows me back! Now I can unfollow him and get on with life!' the comedian wrote, alongside several laughing face emojis

Banter: ‘I’ve been following Grant for years and have commented on hundreds of his posts and finally… follows me back! Now I can unfollow him and get on with life!’ the comedian wrote, alongside several laughing face emojis 

‘Ahh s**t… I thought this was mummy blogger Mel Watts. Sorry. Unfollowing,’ he hilariously wrote.

After Merrick responded with several clapping hands and laughing face emojis, Grant added: ‘Sorry… who dis?’

The hilarious exchange comes after Merrick, who rose to fame as a comedian, spoke about his battle with anxiety and depression on Monday’s episode of SAS Australia. 

Antics: Wasting no time, Grant replied in the comments section, joking how he had mistaken Merrick for popular mummy blogger Mel Watts: 'Ahh s**t... I thought this was mummy blogger Mel Watts. Sorry. Unfollowing'

Antics: Wasting no time, Grant replied in the comments section, joking how he had mistaken Merrick for popular mummy blogger Mel Watts: ‘Ahh s**t… I thought this was mummy blogger Mel Watts. Sorry. Unfollowing’

Merrick revealed his confidence took a hit after losing his radio career ‘about three years ago’.   

‘For 20 years, I worked in radio, and I was phenomenally successful. I had a number one radio program, getting massive ratings, earning a lot of money. It was a really, really good time. And it ended,’ he reflected.  

‘You do something like radio for 20 years nonstop. You get used to a certain way of doing things, and then when you’re out of it for a little while, it’s exciting and then it’s kind of cool and it’s a release.

Opening up: The hilarious Instagram exchange comes after Merrick spoke candidly about his battle with anxiety and depression on Monday's episode of SAS Australia (pictured)

Opening up: The hilarious Instagram exchange comes after Merrick spoke candidly about his battle with anxiety and depression on Monday’s episode of SAS Australia (pictured) 

‘But then all of a sudden, there was a period where I just didn’t have a lot of work. There was a moment there where I just went, “What’s next for me? Who am I? What am I going to do?”

‘I lost my self-confidence and I lost my strength and myself. That slowly started to manifest into anxiety and depression.’

He added: ‘It starts as a seed. These things don’t just become a tree. One thing becomes another becomes another becomes another. And if you let it grow too big, it’s too hard to chop down.’ 

Switching off: The comedian revealed his confidence took a hit after losing his radio career 'about three years ago'

Switching off: The comedian revealed his confidence took a hit after losing his radio career ‘about three years ago’

Reflection: 'For 20 years, I worked in radio, and I was phenomenally successful. I had a number one radio program, getting massive ratings, earning a lot of money. It was a really, really good time. And it ended,' he reflected

Reflection: ‘For 20 years, I worked in radio, and I was phenomenally successful. I had a number one radio program, getting massive ratings, earning a lot of money. It was a really, really good time. And it ended,’ he reflected

Merrick confessed that his struggle with anxiety and depression was what prompted him to sign up for the show.

‘I’m doing this course to completely change myself from what I was. Everybody knows me as just a happy-go-lucky kind of guy…’ he explained.

‘But I haven’t felt that way for a while. And I want to feel that way again.’

He said he decided to ‘address’ his issues ‘rather than waiting to see if this goes bad’, and confessed SAS Australia was exactly what he needed.

After later being pulled into interrogation, Merrick confessed he was trying to ‘rebuild’ himself.

New man: After later being pulled into interrogation, Merrick confessed he was trying to 'rebuild' himself

New man: After later being pulled into interrogation, Merrick confessed he was trying to ‘rebuild’ himself

‘I just got to a point before this came along where I lost some of my confidence, and for a comedian and for a performer, that is a big part of what I do and my identity,’ he admitted. 

He added: ‘I didn’t really… I didn’t see it or it wasn’t an event. I just started finding myself sleeping more, staying in late. I was lethargic and tired, and unmotivated and not committed to s**t because I didn’t feel 100 per cent.

‘And I don’t know why. I honestly don’t know where that happened or what that was… If I do something like this, I believe that I’ll be better to go back [to comedy] and put this same effort into it.’ 

For confidential support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.  

Candid comments: 'I didn't see it or it wasn't an event. I just started finding myself sleeping more, staying in late. I was lethargic and tired, and unmotivated and not committed to s**t because I didn't feel 100 per cent,' he confessed

Candid comments: ‘I didn’t see it or it wasn’t an event. I just started finding myself sleeping more, staying in late. I was lethargic and tired, and unmotivated and not committed to s**t because I didn’t feel 100 per cent,’ he confessed


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