Joey Essex is swapping Brentwood for the jungle and it looks like his days on The Only Way Is Essex are over.
Joey will not feature on the ITV2 Reality show’s Christmas special once he returns home from I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here because he has other plans.
“We have a couple of other projects planned for Joey and he will not be available for the Christmas special this year,
“Joey loves TOWIE and the opportunities the show has given him – he hopes to return at some stage in the near future,” his spokesman has confirmed.
However, there is speculation that Joey’s departure from TOWIE could be more permanent.
“Joey dropped the bombshell the other day. He loves being on the show and it has made him a star. He’s seen what the jungle did for Mark Wright and he wants a slice of the action,” a source tells The Sun.
Essex won’t be the same without Joey.