Pete Wicks quits TOWIE for new projects in massive shock after 7 years on ITVBe show

Pete Wicks is reportedly quitting The Only Way Is Essex.

The reality TV star was a major fixture on the ITVBe series for seven years, but is said to be gearing up to announce it's time to focus on "other projects".

Pete, 34, has been in relationships with a variety of cast mates from the explosive reality show, including Chloe Sims, 41, and Megan McKenna.

But according to MailOnline, the TV bad boy is ready to try something new.

It comes after his stint on Celebs Go Dating earlier this month, where the star failed to find love once more despite copious efforts from the dating experts.

OK! has contacted a representative for Pete for comment.

A source told the publication that Pete's impending exit will be a huge blow for the show as they were already reeling from the departure of the Sims siblings Chloe, Demi and Frankie in 2022.

The source said: "Pete is a hugely loved member of TOWIE both among viewers and the cast.

"But it's time for him to move on now, he's slightly older than the rest of the cast, and he's hoping to achieve more in his career after being on the show for such a long time."

The insider went on to say it's been a "monumental stint" for the star, whose storylines on the show will go down in "history" as some of the most iconic.

While Pete is said to have not ruled out a potential return from the show, he's choosing to take a "step away" for a while.

"Pete will continue to cameo on TOWIE when it makes sense to appear alongside his friends, but he will no longer be a fully-fledged cast member," another source added.

Pete was introduced on the show in 2015.

Firstly just James Lock's best friend, he quickly became popular in his own right after making a beeline for gorgeous fan-favourite Jess Wright.

Pete and X Factor star Megan also made waves with their rocky on-and-off romance.

The relationship ultimately ended when Megan discovered her beau had been sending explicit texts to his ex-girlfriend Jacqui Ryland.


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