Eleven cast members have been fired from TOWIE till date, and here are the real reasons why
We take a look back at all the cast members who had to exit from TOWIE for either being in love or being illegal
British reality series, 'The Only Way Is Essex', (abbreviated as TOWIE) has an impressive checklist of chucked outcast members. It makes a good story to go through the list of all those who got fired and get an insight on why.
1. Dan Osborne
First up on the list is former model, Dan Osborne, who was kicked off the show in 2015 after a recording surfaced online of him threatening his ex-girlfriend Megan Tomlin. The upsetting clip was Osborne ranting at the mother of his first child, Teddy, telling her to shut her "f**king mouth" and saying he'd stab her if she slept with anyone else. Megan reportedly filed a complaint to Essex Police, who failed to take any action. "I am truly sorry to anyone who was offended by what they heard," he apologized after getting fired from the show.
2 & 3. Amber Dowding & Chris Clark
In January 2018, 'TOWIE' had a major cast reshuffle and a loving couple Amber Dowding and Chris Clark were sent to pack and leave the show. Amber claimed it was a mutual decision between them and producers to leave the show, but The Sun reported that "often being in a happy relationship doesn't work for the show". The couple has since then, parted ways.
4. Mike Hassini
He was not fired once, but twice. Mike Hassini was first suspended when he crashed his Mercedes on the drive back in a party in August 2016. Police found him to be nearly three times over the limit and in possession of cocaine. His punishment included 180 hours of community service, a 21-month driving band and a temporary suspension from the show. He came back in July 2017, but got into trouble again in January for being too much in love with his off-camera girlfriend, and couldn't get involved in any juicy storylines.
5. Mario Falcone
When the long-running cast member, Mario Falcone, was culled from the show in 2018, many were surprised. But prior to this permanent expulsion, he was already suspended twice. First in 2014, when a footage surfaced of him allegedly snorting cocaine and then again in 2015, he got into trouble for promoting slimming pills on social media, breaching his contract. In 2017, he ended the contract on 'mutual terms' after getting engaged to Becky Miesner.
6 & 7. Jack Rigden & Jordan Brook
The story of best friends in 'TOWIE' started in 2017, when Jack Ridgen and Jordan Brook joined the show together. In January 2018, they left it together as best friends. The Sun claimed that they were "lost against the bigger characters and unfortunately didn't make the final cut". Jordan is said to have reprised his former profession as barber and Jack can be spotted on Instagram, swooning over his girlfriend.
8 & 9. Maddie Hooper & Ruby Lacey
Maddie Hooper and Ruby Lacey were popular faces of season 21, getting romantically involved with male cast members. However, that was short-lived as it was revealed that both had boyfriends in real life. They were sacked in January with a claim that they failed to resonate with viewers.
10. Ricky Rayment
He wasn't sacked, per say, but he decided to leave 'TOWIE' and ended up in Geordie Shore, where he proposed Marnie. After a tedious long hesitation before saying 'yes' and the pair split a couple of months later.
11. Gemma Collins
She might be the current reigning star of the show, but in June 2015 it was reported that she was axed after throwing a fit and, a plastic champagne flute at her bosses. She had also received backlash for defending Dan Osborne's comments to his ex, saying, "Death threats? Yeah, that's Essex boys for you. I've had boyfriends say to me: 'If I ever leave them they will kill me.' In Essex it's a normal thing." Ahem... Anyway, she's obviously back now and all is right with the world again."