This Morning returnee Gino D'Acampo made a subtle hint at the Phillip Schofield saga on This Morning today, much to the discomfort of presenters Dermot O'Leary and Holly Willoughby.
After 21 years as a face of the ITV show, 61 year old Phillip resigned with immediate effect from his post before revealing to the world that she'd partaken in an affair with a much younger colleague in secret. He's since been interviewed by the BBC where themes such as suicide were even hinted at, given the torment he's been put through by various trolls.
And stepping back into the studio for the first time in ages, 46 year old Italian chef Gino said: "Everything is under control. I'm back!" before asking if there's "any news from the last month" that he should be privy to.
"No. No news," smiled Holly, 42, as she and Dermot, 50, both stifled laughs.
A pin-drop could've been heard in the ITV studio as Gino then asked: "Why is nobody talking anymore, what's happened?"
Looking down the camera, Dermot joked: "We need to rephrase, Gino is back for a one-time only…"
Over on Twitter, This Morning viewers quickly jumped on this awkward interaction, as three tweeted: "Gino never disappoints, causing Dermot and Holly to squirm a bit making light of the Phil saga", "Studio fell silent when Gino said 'any news while i've been gone' #itvthismorning" and "Absolutely pmsl at @Ginofantastico on #Thismorning any news???? #Gino."
For her first This Morning show since the Phillip story, Holly had prepared an opening statement to put fans at ease over the future of their favourite show.
"Deep breath – firstly, are you OK? I hope so," she said.
"It feels very strange sitting here without Phil and I imagine you might be feeling a lot like I have – shaken, troubled, let down, worried for the wellbeing of people on all sides of what's been going on, and full of questions. You, me and all of us at This Morning gave our love and support to someone who was not telling the truth, who acted in a way that they themselves felt that they had to resign from ITV and step down from a career that they loved. That is a lot to process.
"And it's equally hard to see the toll that it's taken on their own mental health. I think what unites us all now is a desire to heal for the health and wellbeing of everyone."
Holly, who now needs a brand-new Dancing on Ice co-presenter, continued: "I hope that as we start this new chapter and get back to a place of warmth and magic that this show holds for all of us, we can find strength in each other. And from my own heart, can I just say thank you for all of your kind messages and thank you for being here this morning.
"Myself, Josie [Gibson], Dermot, Alison [Hammond] and Craig [Doyle] and every single person on this show will continue to work hard every single day to bring you the show that we love."
This Morning airs weekdays on ITV.
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