‘Things are pretty tense between them’: ‘Real reason’ Gino D’Acampo quit travel show with Gordon Ramsay and Fred Sirieix revealed – after he blamed ‘complicated contracts’
The real reason Gino D’Acampo quit his ITV travel show with pals Gordon Ramsay and Fred Sirieix has seemingly been revealed.
D’Acampo shocked fans on Sunday when he revealed he had quit popular ITV show Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip after three series.
The Italian chef, 46, insisted in a statement that his departure had nothing to do with co-hosts Gordon Ramsay and Fred Sirieix, claiming ‘complicated’ contracts were to blame.
However, The Sun claims that the truth behind the TV star’s exit from the show was really down to him being ‘denied lie-ins’ by show bosses.
The publication states that the fun-loving chef demanded a number of stipulations in his contract including staying up late and having a ‘lie-in’ before filming, making it clear that he hates early starts.
Truth? The real reason Gino D’Acampo quit his ITV travel show with pals Gordon Ramsay and Fred Sirieix has seemingly been revealed
Exit: D’Acampo shocked fans on Sunday when he revealed he had quit popular ITV show Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip after three series
They also stated that Gino wasn’t keen on working for more than six months of the year, with his demands allegedly ‘frustrating’ his co-stars, leaving things ‘pretty tense’ between them.
A source said: ‘Contrary to popular belief, the row wasn’t over money — all three men get paid exactly the same.
‘Instead, 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.’
The insider went on to add that the This Morning star was on working more than six months in a year, which they state was ‘never going to be practical’ given all of their ‘tight schedules’.
They went on: ‘Gordon and Fred are obviously quite frustrated and couldn’t kowtow to his requests. It all seemed a bit ludicrous. At the moment things are pretty tense between them.’
MailOnline has contacted a representative of Gino for comment.
Meanwhile, MailOnline can reveal that Gino’s decision to quit came as a shock to at least one of his co-stars as well as show bosses because Fred, 51, had been talking about working together just days before Gino’s announcement.
Gino’s departure comes just two weeks after Fred told MailOnline the show’s three big stars ‘were getting there’ in regards to settling contracts.
No way! It’s been claimed that the truth behind the TV star’s exit from the show was really down to him being ‘denied lie-ins’ by show bosses
Reason: ‘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’
Awkward: ‘Gordon and Fred are obviously quite frustrated and couldn’t kowtow to his requests. It all seemed a bit ludicrous. At the moment things are pretty tense between them’
However, insiders wouldn’t rule out Gino changing his mind and making a U-turn, with a source saying: ‘Everybody connected with the show was shocked by Gino’s post.
‘As far as bosses were concerned, talks were ongoing and a settlement was in reach.
‘Contract negotiations are always difficult because of the trio’s schedules so the filming window where they can actually get the three of them together is pretty tight.
‘But clearly Gino has lost patience and pulled out.’
The source added: ‘Bosses hope to convince Gino to stay on with Gordon and Fred, because they genuinely have fun together and make great telly.’
Both Fred and Gordon have yet to comment on Gino’s post, or share their own messages about the show restructuring, despite it being on Instagram for hours.
During promotional interviews for his new Channel 4 series, Fred’s Last Resort, Gino’s co-star Fred Sirieix told MailOnline on March 7 the trio were busy organising the show’s next series.
However, he hinted that trouble was brewing behind the scenes with Fred noting there was an issue trying to pin everyone down.
He said: ‘Yes, we are talking about dates at the moment to go together on the next road trip. It is a bit difficult to juggle all our diaries, but we are getting there.’
Keeping quiet: Fred Sirieix (right) found out Gino (centre) had quit Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip just DAYS before as he and Gordon Ramsay remain silent after news
Confused: Gino’s co-star Fred Sirieix told MailOnline on March 7 the trio were busy organising the show’s next series and repeated the claims three days later on ITV’s Lorraine
He went on to say that a hectic schedule was no bother for him, explaining: ‘I’m busy… that’s the nice thing about my career is there are never two days the same and that’s why I like it it’s very diverse.’
‘I get to meet a lot of people in different settings whether it’s restaurants or TV and I find it really exciting.
‘I don’t mind being busy, I like being busy in fact because the busier you are, the busier you get and when I’m busier I’m happy. When I’m not busy, I’m not happy.’
He echoed the sentiments 10 days ago during a chat with ITV’s Lorraine Kelly on saying on Friday 10: ‘We are talking about dates for the next one. It is difficult to juggle all of our diaries.
‘But we’re getting there – we’re getting there.’
MailOnline has contacted Fred and Gordon’s representatives for comment.
An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline that a new series of Gordon, Gino & Fred’s Road Trip in Spain has been filmed and will be broadcast on ITV1 and ITVX later this year.
The interviews have resurfaced after Gino said in a lengthy Instagram video on Sunday that he was leaving due to a row over ‘complicated’ contacts.
The show saw the Italian TV favourite travel the globe with fellow foodies Gordon Ramsay and Fred Sirieix as they explore the local cuisine.
Gino said that his friendships with his former colleagues had nothing to do with his exit with their ‘strong’ bond meaning more to him than arguments over contracts.
Speaking out: The interviews have resurfaced after Gino said in a lengthy Instagram video on Sunday that he was leaving due to a row over ‘complicated’ contacts
He told his followers: ‘Last week I decided not to film any more Gordon, Gino and Fred Road trips. The reason is very simple – nothing to do with Gordon or Fred, the friendship is very strong.
‘It’s just because we can’t get the dates together and sometimes when we do get the dates together sometimes they get changed and it causes a lot of problems for me because I have other stuff that I have to do’.
‘Personal problems as well because when I have to change things with my family it is very complicated and also because contracts’.
Gino is married to Jessica Stellina Morrison with whom he shares sons Luciano, 21 and Rocco, 18 and nine-year-old daughter Mia.
Gino went on to say: ‘Because contracts start to become very complicated and very stressful, I personally value the friendship with Gordon and Fred so much that I would rather the friendship than arguments with the contract’.
‘So I have decided not to do it anymore because I want to be friends with the boys for many, many years ahead.’
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