TOWIE hunk Mario Falcone CONFIRMS departure from The Only Way Is Essex — as ITVBe 'axes' eight stars ahead of new series

Posted on Jan 12 2018 - 6:27am by admin

Mario Falcone smiling on TOWIEMario Falcone has confirmed that he has left TOWIE [ITV]

The Only Way Is Essex has reportedly ‘axed’ seven cast members in a 2018 shake-up ahead of the new series so they can focus on the main cast members such as Gemma Collins. 

It is believed that Chris Clark, Amber Dowding, Mike Hassini and Mario Falcone are just some of the names that have been ‘booted’ from the hit ITVBe show. 

And now Mario Falcone has broken his silence to confirm his departure from TOWIE.

Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario FalconeMario previously dated former co-star Lucy Mecklenburgh, but the couple split in 2013 [Getty]

Mario Falcone told OK! online: “I left in October yes, but on amicable terms.

“It just wasn’t for me anymore x.”

Mario — who only returned TOWIE at the end of last year — is very loved up with fiancé Becky Miesner, after announcing their engagement in June 2017.

mario falcone girlfriendMario is now extremely loved up with girlfriend Becky Miesner [Instagram]

Mario didn’t comment on any of the other seven reported departures, which are said to include newcomers Jack Rigden, Jordan Brook, Maddie Hooper and Ruby Lacey.

A TV source told The Sun: “TOWIE is like a revolving door and producers are always on the lookout for new faces that can keep the show fresh.

“Chris and Amber have left the series as a couple who’ve just moved into an apartment together – and often being in a happy relationship doesn’t work for the show.

The Only Way Is Essex: Mario opens up to ex Lauren Pope in the next episode, spilling wedding secretsThe Only Way Is Essex: Mario also dated TOWIE babe Lauren Pope [ITVBe]

“Mike is also loved-up with a girlfriend off camera and has no real storylines to bring to the show but will continue to focus on his fitness and personal training.

ITV neither confirmed nor denied the reports when approached by OK! Online, however they did tell us: “There are a number of cast who have mutually agreed their time on the show has come to a natural end for now. 

“We wish them well and look forward to another exciting year ahead for TOWIE.”

TOWIE returns to ITVBe soon.

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