TOWIE stars Courtney Green and Chloe Meadows are the biggest casualties in the ITVBe show’s mass cull, MailOnline can reveal.
The best pals, who joined the series in 2015, have been axed in a huge bid to breathe new life into the long-running reality show after a ratings slump.
Harry Lee, 26, Kelsey Stratford, 20, and Clelia Theodorou, 26, are also tipped to leave, while Chloe Brockett, 20, is still yet to learn her fate.
Axed: TOWIE stars Courtney Green (pictured) and Chloe Meadows are the biggest casualties in the ITVBe show’s mass cull, MailOnline can reveal
But MailOnline can confirm Amber Turner, 28, a divisive figure among fans, is safe, as well as TOWIE veteran James Lock, 34, who first joined the series in 2013.
Original cast member Amy Childs, 31, who rejoined the series in 2020, will also remain on the show.
A source said: ‘Courtney and Chloe are gutted, they thought they were part of the furniture. But bosses feel the ruthless cull was needed to shake up the show.
‘Many of the stars are yet to be told ahead of meetings scheduled with producers today and are preparing themselves for the worst. It will be devastating for so many of them.’
The axing of Courtney and Chloe comes after TOWIE bosses confirmed the next series of the reality show will focus on a ‘smaller group of cast members.’
MailOnline has contacted a TOWIE representative for comment.
‘Devastating’: Chloe (pictured), who joined the series in 2015, has been axed in a huge bid to breathe new life into the long-running reality show after a ratings slump
Gone: Clelia Theodorou, (pictured) who first joined the series as Dan Edgar’s love interest, is also leaving the show
Cast members such as Pete Wicks, 32, Bobby Norris, 34, and Chloe Brockett are yet to be informed about their futures on the show, with bosses continuing Zoom talks on Thursday.
A source added: ‘The cast who are yet to learn their fate are expecting the younger members of the show to go, but the older stars of the show are still worried they might be given the boot.
TOWIE: Who is getting the chop?
- COURTNEY GREEN, 26, has been axed from the show, after first joining the series in 2016. She is famed for her toxic relationship with ex TOWIE co-star Myles Barnett
- CHLOE MEADOWS, 28, who also joined TOWIE in 2016, will no longer be on the series. She’s famed for her friendship with Courtney, and bitter rows with on-off pal Amber Turner
- KELSEY STRATFORD, 20, who joined the ITVBe series when bosses recruited a ‘younger generation’ of stars in 2019, has also been axed
- CLELIA THEODOROU, 26, who’s originally from Devon, joined the series in 2018 as Dan Edgar’s love interest, but she’s now leaving the Essex drama behind, as bosses also give her the chop
- HARRY LEE, 26, who was a semi-professional footballer, is out of the show after joining in 2019 and romancing the likes of Chloe Brockett and Frankie Sims
‘For some people, TOWIE is their life but others have careers outside of the show, so won’t take it as badly.’
On Wednesday night, in a statement released to social media, TOWIE confirmed: ‘After more than 10 fabulous years following the lives of our ever-growing cast, TOWIE will be evolving with some changes.
‘As it looks ahead to future series, the next instalment of our BAFTA award winning show returns to Essex to follow a smaller group of cast members.’
‘This change allows our cast more time to film their real lives, showing more of their personal passions and professions, alongside their strong bonds and dynamics with family and friends,’ producers expanded.
‘Those who won’t appear regularly on screen next series will always be part of the TOWIE family and we wholeheartedly thank them for sharing their lives with us in recent years.’
In a reminder to TOWIE viewers to be kind to the stars of the show, they said: ‘As always, their wellbeing is of paramount importance to us and we will continue to offer welfare support if needed to all past and present TOWIE cast.
‘We ask and urge all our viewers to think before commenting below, and remember that #ThesePeopleAreAllReal.’
Tommy Mallet, 28, who will star alongside Georgia Kousoulou, 30, in a new breakout series that follows their lives as new parents, said in the comments: ‘Hope everyone’s okay.’
Liam Gatsby, 32, who is believed to still be on the show as it moves into its 29th series, said: ‘Lets go.’
Moving on: Kelsey Stratford (pictured) is also leaving TOWIE, after producers confirmed they are revamping the show ahead of its 29th series
Out: Harry Lee (pictured), who joined the ITVBe series in 2019, has been dropped from the show, following romances with cast members Chloe Brockett and Frankie Sims
Safe: Chloe Sims, as well as her sisters Frankie and Demi (pictured), will all remain on the reality series
‘Smaller group’: On Wednesday, TOWIE confirmed: ‘After more than 10 fabulous years following the lives of our ever-growing cast, TOWIE will be evolving with some changes’
‘Thank you’: ‘Those who won’t appear regularly on screen next series will always be part of the TOWIE family and we wholeheartedly thank them for sharing their lives with us in recent years’, the statement continued
Source: Daily Mail