Reality star Tom dismissed reports that he was "dropped" from the forthcoming Christmas special, explaining that he has left the ITVBe reality show to focus on his job.
Tom, who works in banking, tweeted this morning (28 November): "I was not dropped from Xmas special, I quit to concentrate on my job."
A TOWIE rep declined to comment, but reports suggest Tom didn't want to commit to the whole filming period for the Christmas special.
Economics graduate Tom joined the show back in 2012 during series five, and viewers have witnessed his brief romances with Lauren Goodger and Lauren Pope, as well as his holiday romance with Lucy Mecklenburgh.
Viewers last saw Tom during TOWIE's 13th series, which wrapped up just a few weeks ago. Tom went on a series of dates with new cast member George Harrison, but their romance was short-lived.
Tom faced speculation that he was to quit the show earlier this year. In March, it was reported that Tom and his fellow co-stars James 'Diags' Bennewith and Jasmin Walia were set to leave to return to their day jobs. These reports were denied.
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