Gino D'Acampo has insisted his reason for leaving Road Trip had nothing to do with his friendship with Gordon Ramsay and Fred Sirieix.
He said at the time he'd decided to leave because the trio weren't able to 'get the dates together' for their next trip, saying that when dates change it 'causes a lot of problems' for him.
When asked about the show on GMB today, Gino reiterated his earlier claim as he told hosts Susannah Reid and Ed Balls: "The problem is contracts. Sometimes they get very overcomplicated, and the main one was about the dates."
After two lots of dates were organised and then cancelled, Gino decided he couldn't 'do this anymore'.
"This is becoming too stressful, I just don't want to do it," he recalled.
In spite of the issues, the chef insisted he still 'loves' Gordon and Fred, and that they had nothing to do with his decision.
"We have a great friendship, so that's not the problem," Gino said.
The chef explained that even if he, Gordon and Fred might be able to agree on dates, the issues extended beyond the three of them.
"Next month, May, we should have been all together filming for the whole month. In January we find out that we're not filming in May any more we're now filming in October, November," he said.
"Fred and I, we're like, 'guys we can't do this', now I've got the whole month free, I haven't committed to anything because I thought we were filming and now it's not happening."
When asked about rumours that Gino is 'wound up' by Gordon, the chef responded: "No, Gordon is a great guy and Fred's a great... this is not a show where the problem is the friendship. It's a good friendship, we've known each other for many years, it's a technical reason."
Fans were gutted to hear that they wouldn't get to see the trio causing new chaos in various different locations, but Gino dangled a carrot of hope during his interview as he said Road Trip wasn't '100 percent over'.
"Absolutely not. I never said that," he said. "I said this year or next year it's not going to happen, but if the contract gets right..."
Let's keep our fingers crossed for those contracts!Featured Image Credit: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock