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.
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.
An adorable baby faced Amber Dowding [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.
“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.