The reality star announced yesterday that he'd mutually agreed with producers that the time was right for him to move onto other projects.
After being inundated with messages from fans, he tweeted: "The support today has been lovely, I know I've had my ups and downs but whether you like me or hate me either way, Thank you x."
Ricky joined the ITVBe show in series four back in 2012 and his biggest storyline to date was his romance with now ex-girlfriend Jessica Wright.
Now, he's loved up with Geordie Shore star Marnie Simpson.
His exit from TOWIE led to reports he may be joining Marnie on her MTV show but his reps dismissed this as absolutely untrue yesterday. Shame! We would love to see them on screen together!
Ricky hasn't revealed what he'll be doing now but did tease "exciting news" will be announced soon. We can't wait!
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