Joey Essex 'quits' TOWIE ahead of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!
PUBLISHED: 11:46 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:46 13 November 2013
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Joey Essex has reportedly quit The Only Way Is Essex ahead of a stint in the Australian jungle on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!
The 23-year-old, from Brentwood, made his last appearance on the ITV2 show on Wednesday night and will not be making appearance in the TOWIE Christmas special later this year.
The prince of Essex is already favourite to become the king of the jungle, with Betfred offering odds of 7/4 - putting Joey just ahead of Celebrity Big Brother winner Rylan Clark and former snooker world champion, Steve Davis.
Joey, who owns men’s clothes store Fusey, in Crown Street, Brentwood, will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of Mark Wright, who has carved a career away from TOWIE following a stint in the jungle.
He was spotted at Heathrow airport on Tuesday by England U19 players Josh and Jacob Murphy, who posted a picture of themselves with Mr Essex on Twitter.
It is thought he will be joined on the ITV reality show, front by Ant and Dec, by Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington, Westlife singer Kian Egan and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro.
A spokesman for Joey confirmed his departure from TOWIE. He said: “We have a couple of other projects planned for Joey and he will not be available for the Christmas Special this year.
“The producers have said that the door is always open to him, which he is very grateful for, and he hopes to return at some stage in the near future.”
I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! starts on Sunday night at 9pm on ITV1.