Holly Willoughby left speechless after Gino D’Acampo makes awkward Phillip Schofield comment
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Holly Willoughby and Dermot O'Leary were left gobsmacked on This Morning after an awkward comment from chef Gino D'Acampo.
In response to the assertion that a dish still counted as a classic despite modifications, he said: "If my grandma had wheels, she would have been a bike."
Now, D'Acampo has once again left the hosts speechless, but for a very different reason.
He hadn't appeared on This Morning for some time, and came back into the kitchen for the latest show.
Dermot introduced him, saying: "It's been a while but Gino is finally allowed back in the This Morning kitchen."
The chef responded: "I was in Italy for a month and I can't wait to cook for all of you."
He then left the room speechless when he added: "Everything is under control, I'm back.
"Any news? Anything in the last month that I should know of?"
The comments had Dermot biting his pen on the sofa while Holly laughed awkwardly.
Noticing how his remarks appeared to go down like a lead balloon, Gino asked: "Why is Dermot not talking anymore?"
Dermot joked: "We just need to rephrase, he's back for a one-time only..."
D'Acampo was, of course, referencing the dramatic departure of Phillip Schofield from This Morning last month.
Schofield quit after weeks of speculation of a feud with Willoughby, and it later emerged that he had had a relationship with a younger member of the production crew, which he had lied about.
At the time, ITV said in a statement: "After more than 20 years on the This Morning sofa, Phillip Schofield has stepped back from ITV’s flagship morning show having presented his last episode on Thursday 18 May.
"Having co-hosted the multi-award winning show for two decades, Phillip will continue to present peak time shows for ITV including next month’s The British Soap Awards and a new prime time series.
"Holly Willoughby will remain on This Morning and will co-present with members of the This Morning family."
In a statement confessing to his affair, Schofield described his relationship with a co-worker as 'unwise but not illegal'. He stepped down from The British Soap Awards and ended his partnership with ITV.
Things only got more dramatic after Schofield's departure from the show, with How Clean Is Your House star Kim Woodburn taking aim at Holly Willoughby after her response to Schofield's departure, calling her a 'two-faced horror'.
However, others rushed to Willoughby's defence, saying that she was trying to make the best out of a bad situation.
Now, after a few weeks away Gino has returned to the kitchen to cook once again, bringing his delightfully chaotic energy to the studio.
And to answer your question Gino, yes, quite a lot has happened while you were away.