How Beau Ryan transitioned from NRL player to TV star

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

He is the former professional rugby league footballer who hung up his shoes 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 his teammates’ money 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... while revealing the key moment that paved the way for his successful career

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

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

“I went into Channel 9 and took Chris Heighington with me. I sat across from Burns and he got to work right away,” he said.

Beau continued, “He told me to say something funny. I couldn’t think of anything, so I did 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 make the money his teammates had and “wanted a plan for what he would do after football”

After being a regular on The Footy show, Beau said TV became his focus and “I worked really hard on it.”

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

“It gave me the chance to show that I was more than a footy man and it really paved the way for what was to come,” he said.

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

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

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

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

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

Key moment: He revealed the moment that paved the way for his career, filling in for Kyle Sandilands as co-host of KIIS FM’s breakfast show 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 chart.

Its music video featured Australian song 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 is also a regular guest in the 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 the Studio 10 breakfast show. 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 the Studio 10 breakfast show. 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 the Studio 10 breakfast show. Pictured Beau and Sarah Harris

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