The Only Way Is Essex star Pete Wicks has reportedly been saved from a huge cast cull as producers of the ITVBe programme axe 10 cast members.
TOWIE bosses see Pete, 32, as a ‘fan favourite’ and were keen to keep him on the show, however according to the Sun his pal Nicole Bass’ fate was not as fortunate.
News that Nicole, 29, has been given the boot, comes after MailOnline revealed that Courtney Green, 26, Chloe Meadows, 28, and Clelia Theodorou, 26, were among the stars who no longer have a place on the show.
Saved! The Only Way Is Essex star Pete Wicks has reportedly been saved from a huge cast cull as producers of the ITVBe programme axe 10 cast members
A source told The Sun: ‘Pete was told last night that he’d been saved from the chop by show bosses – he’s been on Towie for years and is a huge fan favourite so they didn’t want to lose him.
‘But sadly, Nicole Bass was told she’s been let go and won’t be on the next series. She’s gutted.’
Nicole first joined the show in 2015 and enjoyed on-screen romances with Lewis Bloor and Sam Mucklow. However she is now enjoying a relationship off screen.
Oh no! TOWIE bosses see Pete, 32, as a ‘fan favourite’ and were keen to keep him on the show, however according to the Sun his pal Nicole Bass’ fate was not as fortunate
Nicole and Pete had a war of words during the most recent series after he failed to have her back during a row with newcomer Rem.
The reality personality called Pete a ‘shrivelled up old man’ and accused him of ‘not having my back’, as she slammed Rem over his treatment of Clelia.
Producers are no doubt keen to keep hold of Pete following a string of explosive storylines, most recently including a secret two-year sexual relationship with his co-star Chloe Sims, 38.
Time to say goodbye: News that Nicole, 29, has been given the boot, comes after MailOnline revealed that Courtney Green, 26, Chloe Meadows, 28, and Clelia Theodorou, 26, were among the stars who no longer have a place on the show
Elsewhere, Courtney and Chloe are among the biggest casualties in the show’s mass cull.
The best pals, who joined the series in 2015, have been dropped in a huge bid to breathe new life into the long-running reality series after a ratings slump.
Harry Lee, 26, Kelsey Stratford, 20, and Clelia, are also tipped to leave, while Chloe Brockett, 20, has confirmed she will remain in the cast.
Axed: Elsewhere, Courtney and Chloe are among the biggest casualties in the show’s mass cull
MailOnline can confirm Amber Turner, 28, a divisive figure among fans, is safe, as well as TOWIE pals James Lock, 34, and Pete Wicks, 32, and long serving star Bobby Norris, 34.
Original cast member Amy Childs, 31, who rejoined the series in 2020, will also remain on the show, while her cousin Harry Derbidge, 27, has been given the boot.
Saffron Lempriere, 28, known for her former friendship with Gemma Collins, 40, is staying part of the cast that will resume filming in August.
‘Devastating’: Chloe (pictured), who joined the series in 2015, has been axed in a huge bid to breathe new life into the long-running reality show after a ratings slump
A source said: ‘Courtney and Chloe are gutted, they thought they were part of the furniture. But bosses feel the ruthless cull was needed to shake up the show.
‘Many of the stars are yet to be told ahead of meetings scheduled with producers today and are preparing themselves for the worst. It will be devastating for so many of them.’
The axing of Courtney and Chloe comes after TOWIE bosses confirmed the next series of the reality show will focus on a ‘smaller group of cast members.’
MailOnline has contacted a TOWIE representative for comment.
Gone: Clelia, (pictured) who’s originally from Devon and first joined the series as Dan Edgar’s love interest, is also leaving the show
‘Smaller group’: On Wednesday, TOWIE confirmed: ‘After more than 10 fabulous years following the lives of our ever-growing cast, TOWIE will be evolving with some changes’
Tom McDonnell, 26, who’s close friends with Harry Lee, is also not returning to the series.
Nicole Bass, has also been dropped, in a decision that has left her ‘devastated.’
A source close to the star, 29, who first joined the show in 2015, and returned last year, told MailOnline she is disappointed bosses have let her go after she just rejoined the cast following a six-year absence.
She confirmed on Instagram: ‘I will not be on the next series of TOWIE. I went on to be with Olivia [Attwood] and Clee [Clelia Theodorou] and she got her own show that very same month. My group of girls are not part of the show either. I will miss a selective few though.’
Ella Rae Wise, 21, has been let go from the series, after having an onscreen romance with Pete Wicks, who is 11 years her senior.
The reality star joined TOWIE in 2019, and most recently enjoyed a ‘flirty relationship’ with Pete, to the annoyance of his ex-Chloe Sims.
The last remaining TOWIE star to be given the chop is Rem Larue, 27, who dated Clelia. He was only on the show for one series.
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The 26-year-old star has been axed from the show, after first joining the series in 2016. She is famed for her toxic relationship with ex TOWIE co-star Myles Barnett
The 20-year-old, who joined the ITVBe series when bosses recruited a ‘younger generation’ of stars in 2019, has also been axed from the popular programme
The 26-year-old who was a semi-professional footballer, is out of the show after joining in 2019 and romancing the likes of Chloe Brockett and Frankie Sims
The 26-year-old who’s close friends with Harry Lee, is also not returning to the series, after joining in 2019
ELLA RAE WISE
The 21-year-old joined TOWIE in 2019, and most recently enjoyed a ‘flirty relationship’ with Pete, to the annoyance of his ex-Chloe Sims.
The 28-year-old who joined TOWIE in 2016, will no longer be on the series. She’s famed for her friendship with Courtney, and bitter rows with on-off pal Amber Turner
The 26-year-old who’s originally from Devon, joined the series in 2018 as Dan Edgar’s love interest, but she’s now leaving the Essex drama behind, as bosses also give her the chop
The 27-year-old who’s Amy Childs’ cousin, and former original cast member, will also not be returning, after rejoining the series again in 2020
A source close to the star, 29, who first joined the show in 2015, and returned last year, told MailOnline she is disappointed bosses have let her go
The 27-year-old is the last remaining TOWIE star to be given the chop. Rem dated Clelia and was only on the show for one series
Chloe Brockett, who joined the series in 2019, confirmed she hasn’t been axed, while talking on Instagram stories on Thursday.
However, she was ‘disgusted’ by some cast members that are alleging mocking those that have been dropped, saying it’s unfair to ridicule people who’ve lost their jobs.
She said: ‘Obviously yesterday TOWIE put up a statement saying they are making the cast a lot smaller, so, I am still part of the cast, I’m getting a few messages asking if I am, I am.
‘But I did just want to put out a quick message and just say that the cast members that remain on the show that are finding it funny about the ones that have been dropped, I find that absolutely disgusting, and I think even people I have publicly argued with, I would never laugh about them losing their job because it’s disgusting.
‘People that find that funny, karma is a thing and I hope it bites you on the a***.’
Family: Original cast member Amy Childs, (pictured) who rejoined TOWIE in 2020, will remain on the series, but her cousin Harry Derbidge has been axed from the show
Time’s up: Ella Rae Wise (pictured) has been let go from the series, after having an onscreen romance with Pete Wicks, who is 11 years her senior
‘I will miss a selective few’: Nicole Bass (pictured), who first joined TOWIE in 2015 but returned to the series last year, confirmed she will no longer be part of the cast
On Wednesday night, in a statement released to social media, TOWIE confirmed: ‘After more than 10 fabulous years following the lives of our ever-growing cast, TOWIE will be evolving with some changes.
‘As it looks ahead to future series, the next instalment of our BAFTA award winning show returns to Essex to follow a smaller group of cast members.’
‘This change allows our cast more time to film their real lives, showing more of their personal passions and professions, alongside their strong bonds and dynamics with family and friends,’ producers expanded.
‘Those who won’t appear regularly on screen next series will always be part of the TOWIE family and we wholeheartedly thank them for sharing their lives with us in recent years.’
Moving on: Kelsey Stratford (pictured) is also leaving TOWIE, after producers confirmed they are revamping the show ahead of its 29th series
Out: Harry Lee (pictured), who joined the ITVBe series in 2019, has been dropped from the show, following romances with cast members Chloe Brockett and Frankie Sims
Given the boot: Tom McDonnell (pictured) who’s close friends with Harry Lee, is also not returning to the series after joining in 2019
In a reminder to TOWIE viewers to be kind to the stars of the show, they said: ‘As always, their wellbeing is of paramount importance to us and we will continue to offer welfare support if needed to all past and present TOWIE cast.
‘We ask and urge all our viewers to think before commenting below, and remember that #ThesePeopleAreAllReal.’
Tommy Mallet, 28, who will star alongside Georgia Kousoulou, 30, in a new breakout series that follows their lives as new parents, said in the comments: ‘Hope everyone’s okay.’
Liam Gatsby, 32, believed to still be on the show as it moves into its 29th series, said: ‘Lets go.’
‘Disgusting’: Chloe Brockett (pictured) confirmed she will remain part of the TOWIE cast, but she slammed stars of the show that have allegedly belittled those who’ve been dropped
Chloe Sims, who is a much-loved member of the TOWIE cast among viewers and those on the show, will remain on the series.
Her sisters Frankie and Demi are also going to continue their time on TOWIE, with the family set to become the focal point of the show going forward.
In the most recent series, Chloe also filmed scenes with her daughter, Madison, following years of keeping her out of the spotlight.
The sister’s brother, Charlie, also made an appearance on the show again this year, after first starring on TOWIE while he was in a relationship with Ferne McCann, back in 2013.
Safe: Chloe Sims, as well as her sisters Frankie and Demi (pictured), will all remain on the reality series
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