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Family Fortunes: Former host Les Dennis delivers verdict on Gino D’Acampo presenting

The This Morning star is the new face of the classic ITV game-show

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Les Dennis has opened up about the new version of Family Fortunes.

The TV star was known for fronting the show in the 90s, however when ITV brought it back they invited This Morning star Gino D’Acampo to be the host.

Opening up about the reboot for the first time, Les has confessed that it was a little tough to swallow at first.

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Les Dennis admitted watching Family Fortunes was like watching “someone who had burgled” his house (Credit:

What did Les Dennis say about Family Fortunes?

Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4, the comedian said: “It was kind of like watching someone who had burgled my house and redecorated it.”

He continued: “People said to me you should go back, but that’s like saying to Adam West, ‘you should be Batman again’.

“I did it for it for all those years, had a great time with it and when I took it over Bob Monkhouse called me and said he’s passing the baton on.”

Despite his initial feelings, Les added: “I think he’s [Gino] doing a great job!”

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Gino D’acampo divided viewers as the show returned on Sunday (Credit: ITV)

What did Family Fortunes viewers think of Gino D’Acampo?

It seems those watching at home were torn over TV chef Gino being on the show, in a role previously held by stars including Les Dennis and Bob Monkhouse.

On Twitter, a number of viewers heaped praise on the ‘brilliant’ new host, whom they thought made Family Fortunes hilarious.

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One said: “@Ginofantastico loved your first #FamilyFortunes tonight, congratulations on a job well done!”

Another put: “Just catching up with #familyfortunes with @Ginofantastico. Brilliant host and very funny. Looking forward to next week.”

A third wrote: “Fair play to @Ginofantastico, he’s brilliant presenting this, so funny.”

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Les is best known for hosting Family Fortunes in the 90s (Credit:

“Fully loving @Ginofantastico on #FamilyFortunes tonight!” said a fourth viewer. “Such a fitting presenter for the show, got our entire flat creasing throughout.”

A fifth tweeted: “I don’t know why everyone is slating Gino, I thought it was really entertaining #GinoDAcampo #FamilyFortunes.”

Others weren’t so keen on Gino presenting Family Fortunes. Some said they had to turn over, while some called for ITV to reinstate former host Les.

“Used to like #FamilyFortunes but this is embarrassing,” wrote one on Twitter. “Gino, don’t give up your day job. Had to switch off.”

“Seriously, I’m going to switch off,” admitted another, adding: “I’ve tried, it’s not for me. Sorry @Ginofantastico.”

“#FamilyFortunes bring back Les Dennis,” someone else tweeted.

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Gino D’Acampo is the new host of Family Fortunes (Credit: ITV)

Gino D’Acampo feels ‘delighted’ to be presenting

Speaking ahead of the launch of Family Fortunes, Gino said of his new role: “I am delighted that ITV asked me to be the host that is bringing back Family Fortunes to the British public, following in the footsteps of some legendary presenters.

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“It’s a much beloved show in the USA, and around the world, and I cannot wait to get going and add more laughs to this format.”

It’s not the first time Gino has been on Family Fortunes. The Road Trip star once featured with his family on the All Stars version, hosted by Vernon Kay.

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.

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