After four years with the ITV reality series The Only Way Is Essex, star Gemma Collins has officially called it quits.
After a dramatic time with the series, the blonde has reportedly quit the show in order to concentrate on other work. Reports are saying that she is part of the line-up for this year’s Celebrity Big Brother, which is due to begin next week.
Gemma, 34, had previously quit the show in order to join the cast of I’m A Celebrity, but after her less than enjoyable trip to the jungle she made her return to TOWIE.
Speaking to the MailOnline, a representative for Gemma has said that:
“Gemma has enjoyed her time on the show but feels the time is right to move onto new projects.”
— Gemma Collins (@missgemcollins) August 18, 2015
Since the announcement Gemma has taken to twitter and has been sharing many of her fans messages of support.
Towie is not gonna be the same without @missgemcollins – noone will replace GC !
— ~ MUA ~ (@itzlaurenbitch) August 18, 2015
Gemma, who was a car saleswoman before joining the series, has had quite a dramatic time in recent months. Earlier this year she took time away from filming for the show after bosses were less than pleased with her behaviour.
Her supposed “hissy fit” in Marbella was enough for her to step away from the cameras for a time.
Just a week ago, another cast member, Mario Falcone announced that he would be quitting the series. The Mirror reported that producers for TOWIE were supposedly preparing themselves for more departures to come at the time.
“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,” a source has supposedly admitted.
While reports say that Gemma is being offered TV work for more money elsewhere, she herself has said:
“People offer me things all the time but I just can’t seem to leave TOWIE. And I mean massive things — I was meant to be going on Celebrity Big Brother but I turned it down because I only do things if my heart is in it.”