TOWIE bosses explains why it didn’t pay tribute to Mick Norcross

He sadly passed away in January

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by Eden-Olivia Lord |
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TOWIE bosses have spoken out and revealed why they didn't pay a tribute to Mick Norcross during the first episode of the latest series.

In January, it came to light that Mick had passed away aged 57 after he was found at his home.

Mick first appeared on TOWIE during series two and he left during series eight in 2013. He was well known as The Sugar Hut owner and of course, for his 'relationship' with Gemma Collins.

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Mick sadly passed away in January ©Getty Images

When TOWIE returned for the newest series last week, some viewers noticed that they didn't mention Mick in the episode.

"@OnlyWayIsEssex bit shocked you didn’t add a memorandum for Mick Norcross at the end of the show, seeing as he was an ex cast member #TOWIE," wrote one viewer.

Someone else tweeted, "Got to be a Mick tribute at some point? #TOWIE (not got to the end yet)".

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Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone

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Sam Faiers and Joey Essex

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Chloe Lewis and Jake Hall

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Danielle Armstrong and James Locke

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Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks

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Courtney Green and Myles Barnett

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TOWIE bosses revealed why they didn't include a tribute on the show ©Getty Images

Another commented, "How they all in restaurants? And I think Mick Norcross should of have a mention! It looked like it was even filmed in Sugar Hut".

However TOWIE responded on social media and said, "It was the wishes of Mick's family to not include a dedication in the episode, we wanted to respect the family's choice ❤️".

Earlier this year, following Mick's death, TOWIE did pay a tribute to him on social media.

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TOWIE also came under fire earlier this week after fans were 'confused' over the latest lockdown rules.

The cast were seen in restaurants, cafes and a gym but lots of viewers slammed the show because the UK is still in lockdown.

One viewer wrote, "Just seen on #Towie that they’re all in the gym, snooker clubs, restaurants and clubs, I’m sorry but it’s a massive kick in the teeth for all those who’ve had lost their businesses over the past year and everyone else who hasn’t seen family members or friends... what a joke".

However TOWIE bosses have reassured viewers that they were following strict rules and protocols throughout filming.

"... Although you may see cast in pubs and restaurants, don’t worry because they've opened just for the show and have put in lots of extra measures, so Lime Pictures and ITV can still bring you the TOWIE you love safely," they said in a statement.

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