Eight of The Only Way Is Essex stars will be departing in a huge shake-up by bosses
Popular characters including Myles Barnett and Jon Clark have been shown the door in the ITVBe show’s biggest ever cull.
Jon's brother Chris, Dean Ralph, Jordan Wright, Adam Oukhellou and Kady McDermott were also given the boot after failing to impress producers who want to make room for new faces.
The dramatic axing came as a shock to many who have been in the show as far back as 2015.
Producers say Jon has struggled with the "intensity of the show" and needs a break.
A source told The Sun Online: "Towie bosses have had their biggest ever casting drive so far in the show's history.
Meanwhile Myles is being told to step aside because he hasn't got any "real friendships" in the cast following his split with Courtney.
His girlfriend and former Love Island star Kady - who had a showdown with his ex Courtney last series - will also not feature in any future episodes.
Adam Oukhellou is also included in the list of other quieter characters who have been overshadowed by bigger personalities on the cast.
He's busy with multiple businesses and wants to focus on that for the near future.
Our source added: "Chris wasn't seen on screen much last series apart from catching up with his brother Jon. Now he's not returning it's unlikely he'll make any appearances next series either.
"Meanwhile Dean is working full time and is growing a new business venture so his life is now outside of the TOWIE circle.
"And after an explosive first series, Jordan struggled to find his place in the show amongst the other cast, so it's time for him to go."
Towie bosses are never afraid to make bold changes ahead of a new series.
Last year they got rid of seven famous faces including Amber Dowding and Mike Hassini.
A Towie spokesman said: "Every series we review our cast to ensure we're following the lives of those who are most interesting and willing to share their real lives and relationship highs and lows.