Cara Kilbey has quit The Only Way Is Essex after her drink driving charge.
The TOWIE star admitted to drinking and driving earlier this year, being given a two year driving ban and community service.
But The Sun reports that the rap wasn't to blame for Cara's exit from the ITV2 series.
A source told the newspaper: "It was a mutual decision between her and producers. She feels it is the right time to move on.”
The Only Way Is Essex returns for its eight series on Sunday February 24.
With the tans darker, the hair bigger, the clothes reemer and the drama more explosive, the uber glamorous Essex community is once again buzzing with conflicts, confrontations and some complicated love lives.
As always, the series will be filmed close to transmission to ensure that everything that happens to the colourful cast remains remains as dramatic and intense as the previous episode, but one thing’s guaranteed – expect the unESSEXpected.
Browse pictures of the TOWIE stars below...