The Essex reality star announced today that he's taking a break from The Only Way Is Essex after being a permanent fixture in the show since 2012.
But taking a break doesn't mean chilling out!
Ricky teased fans today that he's got another big project on the horizon, tweeting: "Very exciting times ahead, looking forward to announcing some exciting news."
He also tweeted: "BIG things on my mind!"
Ricky confirmed his exit from TOWIE via Twitter this morning, saying: "I can confirm I've decided to take a break from TOWIE,I would like to thank the shows producers, the whole crew & cast! Gonna miss you all.
"I also want to say thank you to all the TOWIE fans.. It's been an EPIC journey that I've loved sharing with you guys! Will miss you all xx."
Following his split from co-star and ex-girlfriend Jessica Wright, his storylines had diminished and he wasn't seen on screen as much. He's now dating Geordie Shore star Marnie Simpson and splitting his time between Newcastle and Essex.
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