Sam Faiers reportedly quit The Only Way Is Essex over a lack of stories.
The original cast member will bow out of the show for a "break" in tonight's series finale.
It had been claimed that Sam wanted to leave the show in order to focus on her relationship with fellow cast member Joey Essex.
"She feels it’s time to go. She’s had a great time but doesn’t want to have relationships just for air time," an insider told The Sun newspaper last week. “She’s looking forward to her relationship not being there for everyone to judge.”
But sources have now claimed that a lack of storylines on the ITV2 show was also to blame.
"Sam's been through a lot on the show and she feels like she's got nowhere else to go in terms of storylines," one told heat magazine. "She's sad to leave, but she's mates with a lot of the cast.
"She's looking forward to a trip to Marbs with Billie and Fern without a camera bein there the entire time."
The insider added: "She want nervous handing in her notice - she's excited, if anything. It's not like the door is shut to her coming back."
The Only Way Is Essex concludes tonight from 10PM on ITV2.
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