THE Only Way Is Essex have officially confirmed who survived their huge cull as they revealed their brand new line-up for the upcoming series in a glam photo.
The reality show returns to our screens on Sunday [12 September], with the smaller cast meaning that this series will delve deeper than ever into the stars' lives.
It was already confirmed that Chloe Sims and her sisters Demi, and Frankie had survived the axe – with Chloe's daughter Maddie also featuring.
Amy Childs has returned with her daughter Polly, with the newly single star on a mission to find a new man this series.
The final cast also includes Chloe Brockett and Lockie, Pete Wicks, Diags, Saffron, Roman, Dani, Gatsby, Amber and Dan.
In July, The Sun revealed that at least 10 of the ITVBe hit's cast members were told that they would not be returning as regulars in the next series.
Speaking at the time of the cull, insiders said that the brutal decision was made because show bosses want Towie to “go back to basics” and focus on a smaller core group of characters.
The most recent series of the show, running since 2010, featured as many as 47 characters in varying roles.
An ITV source told us: “With an ever-growing cast of characters it was becoming hard to give the audience any real insight into the lives of those involved.
“Producers want the show to go back to how it used to be at the start where the audience saw much more of each character’s backstory and what they get up to.
“The bigger the cast, the less screen time each gets. They want to flip that round again and give less more.
“Obviously that means some big names are out which is upsetting, but the bosses felt it was the right time to make a big change.
“Those who have been told they won’t be returning as regulars will be given support in the future as they have done with previous cast members who have moved on.”
Producers want the show to go back to how it used to be at the start where the audience saw much more of each character’s backstory and what they get up to.
Fan favourite Bobby Norris also left the show to team up exclusively with The Sun for our very own spin-off.
The 34-year-old star is the face of our brand new digital series, Towie: The Official After Party, which will kick off alongside the new series this month.
Each week, The Sun will be joined by host Bobby and cast members to discuss the latest happenings in Essex after they air on ITVBe.
It will be available to watch exclusively on The Sun Online, with Bobby scooping all the insider goss from the Towie set, and interviewing his pals.
The Only Way Is Essex returns for its 29th series on Sunday for an 11-episode run – tune in at 9pm on ITVBe.
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