Gino D'Acampo to stand in for Holly Willoughby on Celebrity Juice

Gino D'Acampo is to take on the role of team captain on ITV2 panel show 'Celebrity Juice' while Holly Willoughby is on maternity leave

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Gino D'Acampo and Keith Lemon

Gino D'Acampo and Keith Lemon

Gino D'Acampo is to stand in for Holly Willoughby on 'Celebrity Juice'.

The TV chef is to take over from the 'This Morning' presenter when she goes on maternity leave as a team captain alongside Fearne Cotton and host Keith Lemon on the ITV2 celebrity panel show.

Gino said of his new job: "I actually can't believe it's true ... It's going to be the gig of my year! A show where I can express myself, not through food, but through my sex positions. Which I will be very happy to demonstrate with Ferne."

Holly is pregnant with her and husband Daniel Baldwin's third child and the show's host is looking forward to Gino filling the void she leaves when she takes some well-deserved time off.

Keith - whose real name is Leigh Francis - said of the new appointment: "Looking forward to having me old pal from Sheffield cover for Holly whilst she's sprouting. I don't know how he's gonna keep up that fake Italian accent for a whole series but it's going to be fantastico! As Gino says, or when he's out of character, 'Reet good'."

Ferne - who was replaced by Kelly Brook when she took maternity leave to give birth to her and husband Jesse Wood's son Rex - added: "I'll certainly miss Holly and am slightly worried about Gino's very naughty side, but it's going to be a lot of fun!"

'Celebrity Juice' continues on ITV2 on Thursday September 18 at 10pm.

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