Pete Wicks QUITS TOWIE after seven years on the ITVBe show

EXCLUSIVE: Pete Wicks QUITS TOWIE after seven years on the ITVBe show to focus on new TV projects

TOWIE star Pete Wicks has sensationally quit the show after seven years, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

The reality personality, 34, is set to announce to his loyal fanbase that he is taking a step away from the ITVBe reality series to focus on new TV projects.

After seven years on the show, which has seen the long-haired hunk rise to fame thanks to his relationships with former cast mates Megan McKenna, 30, Chloe Sims, 41, and Ella Rae Wise, 22, Pete is looking to explore fresh opportunities away from the world of reality TV.

A source told MailOnline Pete’s departure has been a huge blow for ITVBe executives, who already suffered the loss of longstanding cast member Chloe, as well as her sisters Demi and Frankie, last year.

TOWIE star Pete Wicks has sensationally quit the show after seven years, MailOnline can exclusively reveal

TOWIE star Pete Wicks has sensationally quit the show after seven years, MailOnline can exclusively reveal 

An insider revealed: ‘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.

‘It’s been a monumental stint and his storylines will go down in TOWIE history but for now he’s taking a step away.’

A second source added: ‘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.’

MailOnline has approached TOWIE and Pete’s spokesperson for comment. 

After seven years on the show, which has seen the long-haired hunk rise to fame thanks to his relationship with ex co-star Megan McKenna, Pete is looking to explore fresh opportunities (pictured in 2016)

After seven years on the show, which has seen the long-haired hunk rise to fame thanks to his relationship with ex co-star Megan McKenna, Pete is looking to explore fresh opportunities (pictured in 2016)

A source told MailOnline Pete's departure has been a huge blow for ITVBe executives, who already suffered the loss of longstanding cast member Chloe Sims last year (pictured in 2019)

A source told MailOnline Pete’s departure has been a huge blow for ITVBe executives, who already suffered the loss of longstanding cast member Chloe Sims last year (pictured in 2019)

Pete joined TOWIE in 2015 introduced as James Lock’s best pal and immediately set eyes on Jess Wright. 

He soon became a main character on the series, romancing the likes of The X Factor: Celebrity winner Megan, who he had a tempestuous relationship with. 

Their romance came to an explosive end when Megan discovered Pete had be sending explicit text messages to his ex-girlfriend Jacqui Ryland. 

He dated Miss Great Britain and co-star Shelby Tribble, who since went on to have a baby with Sam Mucklow. 

He later had a rocky relationship with Chloe, who was left brokenhearted when Pete wasn’t prepared to commit and it dramatically impacted their friendship. 

Pete joined TOWIE in 2015 introduced as James Lock's best pal and immediately set eyes on Jess Wright (pictured in 2017)

Pete joined TOWIE in 2015 introduced as James Lock’s best pal and immediately set eyes on Jess Wright (pictured in 2017)

Pete became known for his womanising ways, which in recent years has been captured on E4 series Celebs Go Dating. 

He most recently shared a ‘flirty friendship’ with co-star Ella, who’s 12 years his junior. 

The TV star is the latest in a long line of veterans that have left the show in recent years including Gemma Collins, Bobby Norris, James Argent, and Liam Gatsby. 

After meeting on Celebs Go Dating in 2018, Pete and Made In Chelsea’s Sam Thompson became close friends and have collaborated on many social media videos, as well as presenting Pete & Sam’s Reality News together on E4. 

The duo are also starting to record the second series of their podcast Staying Relevant this week.  

Last year, Pete was forced to quit Channel 4 show SAS: Who Dares Wins after he was challenged to jump out a helicopter into a lake but managed to knocked himself unconscious with his huge backpack.

He suffered from broken ribs and admitted the experience would ‘f***ing haunt him’ because he doesn’t usually ‘fail things.’ 

Pete later had a rocky relationship with Chloe, who was left brokenhearted when he wasn't prepared to commit and it dramatically impacted their friendship (pictured in 2017)

Pete later had a rocky relationship with Chloe, who was left brokenhearted when he wasn’t prepared to commit and it dramatically impacted their friendship (pictured in 2017)

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