TOWIE bosses explain Charlie Sims' shock departure - statement

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TOWIE bosses have confirmed Charlie Sims is no longer part of the show.

A rep told Reveal: "We haven't been able to film with Charlie for several days because he hasn't felt comfortable sharing his real life on camera and that is an essential part of being in TOWIE.

"As such we have decided he will no longer be part of the show; we agree that it wouldn't be right for him to continue and wish him well in the future."

The Only Way Is Essex on ITVBe - Charlie Sims & Ferne McCann promo pic - October 2014.

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Charlie and girlfriend Ferne in a 2014 promo pic.

Deli owner Charlie shocked fans earlier today by tweeting that he was done with filming and didn't want to be part of the hit reality series anymore.

He tweeted: "I won't be taking part anymore. It's time to grow up and move on. Wish everyone the best on the show.

"Stay true to who you are. Today I became me, the real Charlie Sims. And so another chapter begins."

Charlie also hinted at a split from girlfriend Ferne McCann, by wishing her all the best with her life.

It's a total shock for viewers as Charlie and Ferne had seemed totally happy together in recent episodes, even sharing a romantic candlelight dinner together at Charlie's Deli after hours.

Charlie Sims and Ferne McCann share time together in Charlie's Deli after hours
27 Feb 2015

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Charlie and Ferne were happy on the 27 Feb episode.

There has been plenty of drama between Charlie and his sister Chloe Sims, however, as they fell out and have yet to make up – on camera, anyway.

Charlie hinted that he thought TOWIE was to blame, tweeting: "So sad to not lose one but two people you love dearly to a TV show. Everyone can point the finger at me. But I have morals and dignity and some sort of self respect."

He added: "I wish Chloe and Ferne the best with their lives. But always live knowing you chose the show…"

Neither Chloe nor Ferne has responded.

TOWIE's Charlie Sims says he's quit Essex, 12 March 2015

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Chloe Sims in TOWIE, episode aired 30 March 2014


Charlie with sister Chloe last year.

This season of TOWIE we've seen Charlie and Chloe struggling to reconcile their relationship.

On last night's episode, their cousin Frankie Essex suggested Ferne may be a factor and could be filling Charlie's head with thoughts, but Ferne was quit to hit back.

Ferne said: "Firstly, Frankie, I have never got anything into Charlie's head… Actually, so everyone knows, I have nothing but encouraged Charlie to reconcile things with Chloe. Right or wrong, Charl?

"I everyday tell Charlie to text his sister and amends. It's family, life is too short. I'm sick of people thinking it's ME!"

She also said Chloe's claim Charlie stood her up when she tried to reach out an olive branch wasn't correct: "Charlie never stood Chloe up. They chatted off camera. And made things up? #confused."

Charlie, meanwhile, said: "All the tweets saying I stood up my sister. I could have told you that's how it would have played out before it happened… So boring.

"She knew I wasn't going to turn up as we discussed it before. Family matters are being discussed off screen then on. Priorities."

Charlie actually left the show briefly last year to focus on setting up his deli business in Essex, but returning earlier this year he had told us: "I felt it was needed because of the stuff that was going on in my life at the time. I had a lot of work on too so it was nice to step out and focus on my business.

"It's been nice to have a little break, but it's also good to be back!"

TOWIE airs Wednesdays and Sundays on ITVBe.

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