Exclusive: Sorry, Bear fans! Celebrity Big Brother winner is NOT in talks to join TOWIE

Published Friday, Sep 2 2016, 14:46 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Sad news for fans of Celebrity Big Brother winner Stephen Bear: he is NOT being lined up to star in TOWIE.

There were a flurry of reports this week that controversial Bear could be joining the likes of Megan McKenna, Danielle Armstrong and Jon Clark on the Essex show but a rep for ITVBe has confirmed to Reveal this is not true.

Stephen Bear at ITV studios after winning CBB
August 2016

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No TOWIE for Bear.

A TOWIE spokesperson exclusively told us: "There is no truth to this as no discussions have been made with Bear."

It was Bear himself who really fuelled the speculation when he retweeted an article saying his next stop could be TOWIE, leading loads of fans to keep their fingers crossed for an imminent announcement.

CBB's Bear talks about his mum
26 August 2016

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Bear sure knew how to grab airtime on CBB.

After all, it wouldn't have been that odd for a famous face from another reality show to join TOWIE...

Bear's own Ex On The Beach co-star Megan, 23, joined The Only Way Is Essex after her own stint on CBB earlier this year. Interestingly, she actually has history with Bear: they both appeared on EOTB 3 and while there was a flirtation and attraction at first, she ended up going for Jordan Davies, whom she went on to get engaged to before splitting.

TOWIE's Megan McKenna is upfront with Chloe Meadows and Courtney Green, 14/8/16


Megan McK joined TOWIE from CBB and EOTB.

While Bear was being criticised for his behaviour in CBB this summer, Megan defended him to us, saying: "I lived with Bear in the EOTB house for a month and I didn't think he was that bad. When you get to know him, he's a decent guy, but he is a typical game player. He's winding everyone up on purpose – he knows what he's doing and he loves it.

"Surely they can see he's just a performer? He doesn't give a f**k who he offends – but that's why he's such a good housemate. If he wasn't there, it would be a lot more boring."

Never mind. We're pretty sure Bear will back on screen in one way or another soon!

And if you're missing your Bear fix, just flick on MTV on a Tuesday night at 10pm because he's currently causing havoc on the all-stars fifth series of Ex On The Beach.

EOTB Series 5, Episode 4: Bear and Lillie go on a date
6 September 2016


Bear's back for EOTB 5, airing Tuesday nights on MTV.

A bit confusingly, it was actually filmed in Thailand earlier this year, way before Bear became a household name thanks to his divisive CBB antics.

One of those headline-making antics was publicly dumping girlfriend Lillie Lexie Gregg and hooking up with housemate Chloe Khan. While we know how Bear and Lillie's romance ended thanks to CBB, over on EOTB, we're only just seeing how it started, with Lillie arriving on the show this Tuesday (6 September).

Meanwhile, TOWIE is currently off air after the 18th series wrapped in August, but will be back on ITVBe for its 19th series soon. We can't wait!