Bosses behind the reality TV show, The Only Way is Essex, have announced they will be cutting members of show in the new series.

The announcement was made via the shows official Instagram account which revealed it would be using a smaller cast for future series.

The latest Towie series had nearly 50 cast members.

But bosses say they will be dropping some of the stars in order to give them more time to film their own lives and explore other interests.

The post on Instagram read: “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.”

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A spokesman added: “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.

“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.

“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.”

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The spokesman added viewers and followers should be kind when commenting on the post and announcement.

It is not yet known who will be dropped from the show, but insiders claim Chloe Sims, her sisters Demi and Frankie, as well as Liam Gatsby will retain their places.

Liam commented underneath the Instagram “let’s go” with a fire emoji to suggest he is ready for the next series.