During Sunday's episode, Courtney and Chloe M were reflecting on the tense past few weeks among the girls, as well as Tommy's girlfriend Georgia Kousoulou's recent upset following the social media backlash she and Danielle Armstrong received over their treatment of Courtney.
The girls spoke about Tommy's reaction to Georgia's tears, with Chloe M saying that she felt like Georgia was "the only person in the whole world who gets that he isn't trying to be an ar*ehole".
Courtney then said: "But some of the things he does say do come across a bit ar*ehole-ish... if that's a word."
But, after watching the scene, Chloe Sims tweeted: "Tommy ain't a a*shole he's a straight talking passionate guy, also has so much time for Madison #creditwherecreditisdue @tommy_mallet."
Tommy himself also appeared to jokingly hit out at the comment in a series of tweets, while also appearing to take a swipe at Courtney.
He wrote: "I'm really really hurt by the names I was called on tonight's episode and think it was uncalled for and intimidating... Now I can't sleep.
"I got called a asshole.. I'm gonna play the victim all week now.. So upset by this... Haha only joking.. The only time mallet loses sleep is when he's thinking about."
TOWIE airs at 10pm every Wednesday and Sunday on ITVBe.
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