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Fans want me to watch them have sex, says celeb chef Gino D’Acampo

YOU would be hard pushed to find a TV game show more aimed at ­several generations sitting around the telly.

The programme even has the word “family” in the title.

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But the mailbag of new Family ­Fortunes host Gino D’Acampo is ­anything but PG — in fact, it’s downright raunchy.

The Italian hunk revealed: “We do get a lot of things through the post off people, all sorts of weird and wonderful things.

“I don’t know about wonderful. The weirdest? I get asked a lot to sign personal things, like knickers, bras.

“I get dirty ones as well. But I get asked really weird things, which I don’t understand why you would ask me. I got asked once — not once, a few times — to be present as the ­couple were making love.”

When asked if he took the amorous pair up on their offer, the celebrity chef quickly added: “No, man. No, no, no. No absolutely not. Flipping weird people out there, I can tell you that.”

While some of his cheekier fans clearly want to open their doors to keep the fire burning, it’s clear that the Italian stallion has no such issues with wife Jessica.

He’s been with her for 26 years, married to her for 19 and the couple have two boys, Luciano, 18, Rocco, 15, and seven-year-old daughter Mia.

And in an unlikely bit of advice, he says the key to their relationship is not talking to Jessica or his kids when he is away filming for weeks on end.

He said: “When we do Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip, we are away for six to eight weeks. I think the secret is not to call the family often.

“My point is always, ‘OK guys, you can call me and I can call you whenever you want, but only if there is something important. Let’s not start to get to this thing where we call each other for the sake of it.’

“The more you call, the more you miss them. If you don’t call the ­family, the time flies. All of a sudden, you turn around and say, ‘Oh wow, five days have gone?’

“Then you’ve got something to say. So that’s always been my secret, but everybody has a different way of doing it.

“I’ve been married now for 19 years. We’ve been together for 26 years. The secret is everybody should also live their own life. You can’t expect, just because you’re a couple, that you have to do everything together.

“You know, we have loads of ­holidays together, we spend a long time together throughout the ­summers, Christmas holidays, but then there are also times when we don’t see each other for weeks, and I think that’s the cool thing.

“Then, when you meet again, you’ve got loads of things to talk about, loads of things that happened and that’s how you keep everything fresh. That is my secret.”

Gino rose to fame after becoming the regular chef on ITV’s This Morning in 2009 and he won I’m A Celebrity the same year.

Since then he has hosted his own cookery shows, including Gino’s Italian Adventure, been a team captain on Celebrity Juice and appears with fellow foodies Gordon ­Ramsay and Fred Sirieix in ITV’s Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip.

And now the cheeky star has brought his unique hosting style to Family Fortunes.

When The Sun was invited to Television Centre in White City, West London, to watch him film the new series of the TV favourite in front of a socially distanced crew and Covid- restricted small audience, his own brand of outrageous innuendo can be seen in the long filming session.

And when the cameras are off his cheeky side shines through too.

At one point Gino jokes that he is looking forward to getting back to the hotel to, er, relieve himself.

And the show’s warm-up man Stuart Holdham also pokes fun at the 44-year-old, saying that they only got Gino to host the show because he was cheaper than the last man to do so, Vernon Kay.

I asked Gino whether he sought the advice of Vernon, who hosted the All Star version of the series, or Les Dennis who fronted the main show for 15 years.

Gino revealed: “No, I didn’t have the chance, because number one, I don’t have their numbers. Number two, we were in this lockdown situation. They wanted to send me shows to watch, previous shows.

“They did say to me, ‘Do you want to chat with Les and Vernon?’

“I said, ‘I would love to talk to them about something else, not about Family Fortunes’.

“I wanted to come in with a completely fresh mind. I wanted to come in from a viewer point of view. I used to watch the show with Les, and appeared on the show with Vernon.

“I’m going to go in as Gino D’Acampo, because if I’m trying to be Les or Vernon, and they were great at this show, I don’t want to do that. I don’t think ITV got me in to do that. They got me in to be Gino, so that’s what I do.

“So I relax, I do whatever I want to do, they allowed me to do ­whatever I wanted. They allowed me to say whatever I wanted to say, they just work it out.”

On the day I went to watch Gino in action, he had a family from Merthyr ­Tydfil in South Wales competing and another from Manchester.

At one point one of the teams chose the answer “tadpole” — a word Gino had never heard before.

And to make matters worse, he sometimes struggled to understand their regional accents, but he insists it’s all part of the fun.

He said: “Oh this was nothing today. We had Scottish people, we had a Northern Irish family.

“There was one show, they were Scottish. The Burgesses. Oh my God, I was keeping going, ‘Sorry what did you say?’ Or, ‘What does that mean?’

“And the problem is, I have to repeat it to put it on the board. It’s impossible for me to do it, but that’s what’s funny as well. The fact that most of the answers, I have no idea what they are talking about.

“They’ve got a strong accent like I do, so maybe that’s what ITV were looking for. Some of the words, I never hear before.”

Accents and new words aside, does he feel the pressure of hosting a show that has spanned 22 series, with legendary hosts such as Bob Monkhouse and spawned a number of international spin-offs?

He added: “Yes and no. Yes, it is a classic show and I don’t want it to fail, because I want people to sit and enjoy.

“No, because I did tell [ITV boss] Kevin Lygo. I said, ‘Are you sure? I don’t think I am the right guy.’ He would keep saying that I was the man to do it.

“So if it goes wrong, I’m going to blame everything on Kevin Lygo. He’s the one.

“But I don’t think it’s going to go wrong. But not because it’s me — it’s got nothing to do with me. I can only orchestrate the show. It’s a bit like my restaurants. People say, ‘Oh your restaurants are wonderful, you’re great.’

“No, no, no, wait a second. If my restaurants are wonderful, it’s not because of me.

“It’s because of the team you have behind you. You can only be as good as the people behind you and that is true.

“Yes, I can crack a joke or I need to remember certain things on the show, but if the people, if the team behind is great, then you are 90 per cent there and families and people . . . they love to watch Family Fortunes.”

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