He might be out of The X Factor but Rylan Clark is still causing a ruckus amongst the ITV stables. This time, though, it's with The Only Way Is Essex's Mario Falcone, who he's lashed out at after saying he'd quit the show if the flamboyant singer joined the cast.
According to The Sun, Rylan hit back at the lads, tweeting (then deleting) a message to them: "Nice to hear you're speaking to highly of me when we've never even met…"
Mario and Kirk Norcross had earlier said that they would only let Rylan get involved on a one-off basis but would leave if he had any more to do with the hit constructed reality series.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Mario said: "If he comes on Monday's live show, that's fine because it's all for charity, but if he comes on TOWIE as a main character, I'm leaving. We hate him. He's a douche-bag."
Kirk, ever the elegant, shy and retiring type, added that he thinks Rylan will lower the tone on TOWIE: "I've met Rylan before and he's actually a really nice boy but when people think of Essex they just think of the abbreviation, the 'Shut-up', the 'Oh my God' - that was all Amy Childs and we don't want that."
We think he means Essex the show, not Essex the place. It's not really up to Kirk who's allowed to go there, as much as he'd look great in an immigration officer's outfit (we know he's got the truncheon to match!)
Mario added: "We've moved away from that. I don't think he'd benefit the show. Bobby and Joey said they'd leave as well."
Well, looks like the lads have well and truly been told! Especially as Rylan's bagged himself a week-long presenting gig on Daybreak!