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18th Aug 2015

TOWIE Favorite Gemma Collins Announces She Is Leaving The Show For Good

The star is tipped to be headed for Celebrity Big Brother.

Megan Cassidy

It seems Gemma Collins has finally had enough of the Essex drama as she has announced this week that she is leaving The Only Way Is Essex for good. 

It certainly has been a rollercoaster year for the 34-year-old, who joined the ITVBe show in the second series back in 2011.

Gemma 1
Gemma starred on the show for four years. 

It has now been announced that the reality star is quitting and is considering other offers, amid rumours that she is headed for the Celebrity Big Brother house.

A source told The Mirror: “Filming four, five days a week just was not working out for her.  But Gemma has had lots of offers and a lot of people want to do massive budget pilots with her. It’s a hectic schedule and it hasn’t been ideal. The time is definitely right to leave.”

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 05: Gemma collins pictured arriving at her shop in Essex on June 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
Gemma took a break from the show last year. 

Meanwhile, Gemma gushed about her time on the show, telling the publication: “I truly have had a blast on TOWIE. It’s been so much fun, it’s been dramatic and emotional at times but I’ve loved every minute of it.

“I will really miss all the cast and crew and wish the show continued success.”

<> at Evans Marble Arch on March 12, 2015 in London, England.
Gemma launched a collection with plus-size clothing store Evans. 

This is not the first time Gemma has thrown in the towel – last year she left the show to star in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Outta Here! but returned after a disastrous 72 hour stint in the jungle.

Since then, she hasn’t managed to avoid drama, and was reportedly suspended from TOWIE for throwing a “hissy fit” while filming the Marbella special earlier this year.

A representative told the Mail Online at the time: “Producers make it quite clear to cast that bad behaviour will not be tolerated.”

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 27: James 'Arg' Argent and Gemma Collins from TOWIE seen in Essex on April 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
Gemma’s on/off relationship with James Argent was a big storyline on the show. 

News of Gemma’s departure comes just one week after Mario Falcone’s exit from the show, and sources say the producers are readying themselves to lose more cast members due to poor pay.

An insider told The Mirror: “TOWIE are in a bit of a pickle at the minute – Mario Falcone’s gone, Gemma’s leaving; there will be more jumping ship soon.”