Show bosses have confirmed that Mario will not be appearing in the upcoming cast trip to Marbella for the brand new 15th series.
A spokesperson told Reveal: "Mario is currently suspended from filming and as such will not be appearing in the Marbella episodes."
No further details about the length of his suspension or the reason behind it has been revealed, but according to The Sun, Mario has been banned from filming after "flouting ITV rules" by promoting slimming pills on social media.
Making no reference to today's reports, Mario tweeted this morning (27 May): "Good morning! What a beautiful day."
This isn't the first time Mario has been suspended. Last June, he was temporarily suspended from the show and did not join his co-stars in Marbs. Soon after, TOWIE producers confirmed he was taking time out to address "personal issues", during which he revealed he had "gone off the rails" following an excessive partying stint.
The new series of TOWIE will be making a return to our screens very soon, with the cast expected to head to Marbs this weekend to film opening specials.
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