Gino D'Acampo recently announced his departure from the popular ITV show Gordon, Gino, and Fred: Road Trip, after three seasons due to 'complicated contracts'.
Gino D'Acampo, the Italian chef and TV personality, recently announced that he has quit his TV show with Gordon Ramsay and Fred Sirieix, citing 'complicated contracts' as the reason for his departure. However, The Sun has claimed that the true reason behind Gino's exit from the show was far from what he said.
The end of the TV trio
Gino D'Acampo, Gordon Ramsay, and Fred Sirieix have been co-hosting the ITV show Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip for three series. The show features the three TV personalities travelling to different parts of the world, where they sample local cuisine and engage in various activities.
Recently, Gino D'Acampo announced on Instagram that he was quitting the show. He insisted that his departure had nothing to do with his co-hosts, Gordon and Fred, but rather, complicated contracts and schedules that made it impossible for him to continue with the show.
In a lengthy Instagram video, Gino explained that the trio remains on good terms despite his departure:
'Last week I decided not to film any more Gordon, Gino and Fred Road Trip, the reason is simple, nothing to do with Gordon and Fred – the friendship is very strong. It’s just because we can’t get the dates together.'
Real reason behind Gino's exit
Gino's exit from the show has caused some speculation about the future of the series, which has proven to be a popular program with viewers. While Gino has claimed that his departure is due to contractual issues, reports suggest that his co-stars have been less than thrilled with his attitude and behavior on set.
According to The Sun, the Italian chef demanded a number of stipulations in his contract, including staying up late and having a 'lie-in' before filming. He reportedly hates early starts and wasn't keen on working for more than six months of the year.
The insider went on to say that Gino was working more than six months in a year, which was 'never going to be practical' given all of their 'tight schedules':
‘Gino, who loves a party, wanted all sorts of caveats put into his contract around working hours so that he could effectively stay up late and have a bit of a lie-in before filming. He doesn’t like early starts — and made that clear.'
Meanwhile, Gino has not commented on The Sun's claims, and his representative has not responded to MailOnline's request for comment. Neither Gordon nor Fred has commented on the situation either.
Gordon's cheeky swipe at Gino
In addition to his exit from the show, Gino D'Acampo has been in the news recently for another reason. The Sun revealed that the Italian chef was caught with cannabis as he left Gordon's private jet and was later cautioned. The incident reportedly took place while they were filming Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip in Spain.
Gordon Ramsay was also reported to have taken a swipe at his co-stars in a newly released interview recorded prior to Gino's drugs bust. He called Gino and Fred 'lazy' and said that they were 'fantastic, incredible pain in the ar**s'. Gordon said:
'They are great, they are wonderful, fantastic, incredible pain in the ar**s. They're so f***ing lazy, they make me look good. An hour in Gino wants an espresso, or he wants his eyebrows plucked, ninety minutes in, Fred's missing his croissant and his eyeliner.'
He further tore strips off Gino on Spencer Matthews' podcast Big Fish, revealing that the Italian uses four levels of 'platform'' hidden in his shoes to make himself look taller. Gordon then turned his attention to Gino's cooking, branding his pizzas 'sh**'. The Hells Kitchen star said:
'His pizzas are s**t anyway and he knows that. He knows that my pizzas are better than his pizzas. My dough is fresh, it's proven. He knows when he bites into my pizza that it's better than his.'