I'm A Celebrity 2013 line up: Joey Essex to leave TOWIE for the jungle?

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Joey Essex could leave The Only Way Is Essex behind and head off to Australia, it's been claimed.

Reports suggest that Joey is set to follow in the footsteps of his former fellow TOWIE cast member and quit the reality series to appear on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here.

The Daily Mirror suggests that joey is still in "talks" with producers of the ITV series, but is worried about having to give some of his appearance fee away due to TOWIE's strict contracts.

“Joey plans to do one more series of TOWIE, which starts at the end of September, then leave the show," a supposed source told the newspaper. “ITV bosses want to make him a huge star and he knows now is the right time to go and do something different."

The source added to the tabloid: “He’s in talks with I’m A Celeb, but also has some exciting solo projects in the pipeline too.

“Joey still loves Sam and finds it hard having to film scenes with her.

“He knows that they’ll both find it easier to get on with their lives if they don’t have to work together anymore.”

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Names already linked to the line up this year include X Factor star and Celebrity Big Brother housemate Rylan Clark, Joey's fellow The Only Way Is Essex star, James 'Arg' Argent, as well as footie's Paul Gascoigne.

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