TOWIE stars returning for third series

Maria Fowler, Gemma Collins, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Chloe Sims and Lauren Pope are all returning for the third series of 'The Only Way Is Essex'.

While it was thought the reality TV stars - who are minor members of the ITV2 show's cast - had been chopped from the programme, they have all been spotted out and about in Essex filming the promo for season three.

An onlooker told BANG Showbiz: "All the 'TOWIE' guys and girls looked really happy and were having a good joke on set. All the regulars were there and there were definitely some new faces hanging around."

This comes after central cast member Sam Faiers recently claimed show bosses were bringing in fresh faces for the third series of the reality show, and were only guaranteeing the original stars roles.

She said: "It's really sad but they have said they won't be signing up all the people who were in the second series again."

The blonde beauty also thought car saleswoman Gemma wouldn't return to 'TOWIE' even if she was asked, because she was so humiliated in the last series when nightclub owner Mick Norcross snubbed her romantic advances.

Sam added: "Gemma was so humiliated on the last show I don't know if she even wants to come back. We've all been trying to call her and text her but it is as if she's gone into hiding."

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