In an emotional Instagram post, Bobby, who joined the show in 2012, explained that he will be “taking a step back” to focus on new projects.
He wrote, “I’m so excited to finally be able tell you guys some news that I’ve been keeping secret.. I have made the decision that now feel’s like the right time for me to take a step back from @towie as a regular cast member to focus on my presenting career.
“After 10 years on TOWIE the show and the fans have been such a huge part of my life, but you haven’t seen the last of me and this is the start of an exciting new chapter!!
"I’ll be getting all the insider gossip on set and asking you guys for questions to put to the cast, and will also be hosting a studio show every week to discuss new episodes and all things Essex!!"
He later confirmed that he will still be connected to the show as he is the new host of a digital spin-off called TOWIE: The Official After Party.
Bobby’s announcement comes after TOWIE bosses announced that the new series will look VERY different after a mass culling of cast members. A whopping ten cast members have been axed including Bobby's ex Harry Derbidge, Courtney Green and Chloe Meadows.
Sharing a statement on social media they explained, "TOWIE will be evolving with some changes.
"As it looks ahead to future series, the next instalment of our BAFTA award winning show returns to Essex to follow a smaller group of cast members."
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Jake's time on TOWIE was mainly characterised by his on / off relationship with Chloe Lewis and his alleged cheating on her. He finally (sort of) confessed that he'd done the dirty with Megan McKenna in a very emosh scene on a park bench. Ah, precious memories.
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They added, "This change allows our cast more time to film their real lives, showing more of their personal passions and professions, alongside their strong bonds and dynamics with family and friends ✨".
In the last series Bobby was involved in an ongoing drama between himself and ex-boyfriend Harry after it became clear that there was unfinished business between the pair after Harry claimed he didn't cheat on Bobby, despite previously confirming he did.
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Back in 2014, Harry admitted on TOWIE The Only Way Is Marbs, "Before I tell you this I absolutely love you so much. Please don't cry, please.
"When we was in Tenerife I did sleep with my ex. I'm f--king so sorry because I f--king never meant to hurt you, I really didn't."
However fast forward to 2021 and Harry has backtracked and said he did text his ex-boyfriend but they didn't sleep together when he was in a relationship with Bobby.
The situation clearly affected Bobby as he took a break from the show and branded the drama “heartbreaking and disgusting”, with his his feud with Harry left him feeling, "lower than a worms' tits".