It’ll be all change on our screens when The Only Way is Essex returns in all its fake tanned and fake haired glory later this month.
As well as Mark Wright and Kirk Norcross moving on to new ventures – I’m a Celebrity and Celebrity Big Brother – Harry Derbidge and Maria Fowler have been dropped from the show to make way for new Essex ‘characters’.
Show bosses released a statement today confirming: "Mark, Maria, Harry and Kirk will not be appearing in the next series of The Only Way Is Essex. We thank them for their valued contribution to the show and wish them every success for the future".
Yesterday, Maria Tweeted: "I Would like to be the first to announce... After a rollercoaster year and after meeting with producers today we have decided that my time on TOWIE has come to an end (sic)."
"I am happy to be leaving the show on a high after 3 series and feel I am embarking on a new chapter in my life with exciting projects both personal and professional. Thank you for all your support during my time on the show and I hope to continue to keep you all entertained throughout 2012!!"
Messages of support flooded in from her fellow TOWIE castmates, including former flame Mick Norcross, who wrote: “so sorry 2 read your tweet re #TOWIE hope the future is bright I enjoyed our time together on the show all the best love mick X”
Maria’s response indicated the Sugar Hut owner is considering his own future on the series, as she Tweeted: “Hey Mick, thanks so much, hope the future has good things in store for u if u decide not to return.. thanks for the support x”
Harry also used the social networking site to confirm the news, writing: "Hiya! I really did not want you to all find out so soon but its out there, I am not in TOWIE anymore as I am moving onto different things."
TOWIE star James Argent Tweeted: “Emotional call with close mate @MrHarryDerbidge and his Mum Aunty Karen! You will be in the west end dancing 100%! Originals, never forget!!”