EXCLUSIVE: TOWIE Bosses ‘Axe 10 Cast Members Of Show In Biggest Cull Ever’ As Producers Confirm They Want To Focus On ‘Smaller Group’… So Who Gets The Chop?
- MailOnline can exclusively reveal that Courtney Green, 26, and best friend Chloe Meadows, 28, have both been removed from the reality series
- Kelsey Stratford, 20, and Clelia Theodorou, 26, have also been told by bosses they will not be returning to the ITVBe show, as has Harry Lee, 26
- However, TOWIE veteran James Lock, 34, and Amber Turner, 28, will remain in the series, alongside Chloe Sims, 38, and her sisters, Frankie, 26, and Demi, 24
- Wednesday night, TOWIE bosses confirmed that ‘the next episode of the show will return to Essex to follow a smaller group of cast members’
- In a statement, the producers said: “This change will give our cast more time to film their real lives and showcase more of their personal passions and professions.”
TOWIE stars Courtney Green and Chloe Meadows are the biggest victims in the ITVBe show’s mass cull, MailOnline can reveal.
The best friends, who joined the series in 2015, have been eliminated in a massive effort to revive the long-running reality show after a ratings slump.
Harry Lee, 26, Kelsey Stratford, 20, and Clelia Theodorou, 26, have also been tipped to leave, while Chloe Brockett, 20, has yet to learn her fate.
Axed: TOWIE stars Courtney Green and Chloe Meadows are biggest victims in ITVBe show’s mass cull, MailOnline can reveal
But MailOnline can confirm that a divisive fanatic Amber Turner, 28, is safe, as is TOWIE veteran James Lock, 34, who first joined the series in 2013.
A source said: ‘Courtney and Chloe are gutted, they thought they were part of the furniture. But bosses feel the brutal culling was necessary to shake up the show.
Many of the stars have yet to be told and are preparing for the worst. It will be devastating for so many of them.’
Courtney and Chloe’s resignation comes after TOWIE bosses have confirmed that the reality show’s next series will focus on a “smaller group of cast members.”
‘Devastating’: Best friends, who joined the series in 2015, have been eliminated in a massive attempt to revive the long-running reality show after a ratings slump
Change: A statement released on the official TOWIE social media accounts confirmed the cull, saying they wanted the show to focus on a ‘smaller group’
A statement read: ‘As it looks ahead to future series, the next installment of our BAFTA award-winning show returns to Essex to follow a smaller group of cast members’
The reality show’s most recent series had a whopping 47 cast members in various roles.
In a statement, the bosses confirmed that the stars leaving the program will provide support from the team behind the scenes if they need it.
They said: ‘After more than ten fantastic years of living our ever-growing cast, TOWIE will evolve with some changes.
“As it looks ahead to future series,” the next installment of our BAFTA award-winning show returns to Essex to follow a smaller group of cast members.
Stay put: Show veteran Chloe Sims and her sisters Demi and Frankie along with Liam ‘Gatsby’ Blackwell who all thought they survived the cull (Chloe, left, pictured with Demi, right)
“This change will give our cast more time to film their real lives, showcase more of their personal passions and professions, as well as their strong bonds and dynamism with family and friends.
“Those who won’t be on screen regularly for the next series will always be part of the TOWIE family and we sincerely thank them for sharing their lives with us over the years.
“As always, their well-being is of the utmost importance to us and we will continue to provide well-being support to all past and current TOWIE casts as needed.
We ask and urge all our viewers to think before commenting below, and remember #thesepeopleareallreal.
“Thank you to our audience for your continued support. TOWIE will be back soon for its 29th series on ITVBe, stay tuned for further announcements.”
(photo LR Chloe Meadows, Amber Turner, Courtney Green and Clelia Theodorou in 2019)