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Gino D’Acampo will join Gordon Ramsay on a special celebrity edition of ‘Bank Balance’ for Red Nose Day.

The BBC One game show is set for a ‘Comic Relief’ special – with the main telethon set for 19 March – as the host is joined by fellow chef Gino and his son Luciano attempt to raise as much money as possible for charity.

Gordon said: “The amazing work that Comic Relief does is truly important. Never has it been more relevant to support those who need help, both here in the UK and internationally too.
“It was great fun to have Gino and Luciano on the show, clearly Luci gets his brains and his beauty from his Mum, let me tell you that boy is smart!”

And Gino – who has appeared alongside Gordon and ‘First Dates’ maitre d’ Fred Sirieix on ‘Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip’ – is excited to take part.

He added: “I am so delighted to be working with ‘Comic Relief’. Their work has been so incredible, important and worthwhile and it’s a genuine honour to be involved.

“On top of that I get to see what the game show host competition looks like up close and am pleased to announce I am not worried!”

Meanwhile, Gordon previously admitted he “needed room to breathe” as the host of the new game show.

He explained: “I didn’t go up there all confident about becoming a phenomenal game show host, I wanted to be me.

“And I think, on the back of that level of support from the BBC, and not [putting me] in a straitjacket, I needed room to breathe.

“And so there’s something pretty dynamic about being given a show at 9pm.”

And Gordon insists he was “driven” for the contestants on the show to do well.

He added: “These are real people who are experiencing some awkward, difficult, traumatic times. And £100,000 is quite life-changing money. There’s nothing wrong with telling them, ‘I want you to do well … but I’ll be really [annoyed] if you don’t win.’ It’s a tough show to launch, and there are so many moving parts, so you’ve got to be this multi-faceted, caring, firm but fair, and driven to get the contestants some money. And if they don’t do well, I feel bad, I take it personally.”

—Reuters

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