TOWIE cast unhappy with change to show's format for 2017

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The Only Way Is Essex cast are said to be unhappy about a change to the format of the reality series.

ITVBe has announced plans to cut the number of series of the show in 2017 but increase the number of episodes per series.

That means rather than a three or four short runs, there will just be two series that will air for up to three months each.

According to The Sun newspaper, the aim is to make the show more like a soap but it's a move that's not impressed all the show's stars.

A source told the tabloid: “Producers are changing the running of the show into a ‘living soap’ so it will air for a two to three month period instead of four to five weeks at a time.

“The decision has left some members of the cast angry as they believe the increase of hours on set will mean that they won’t have time to fulfil their other promotional and branding work.”

One insider claimed that some of the TOWIE cast are wanting a pay rise following news of the new format.

The insider said: “Some cast members are also concerned that the demands will be too gruelling so have asked for a pay rise.

“Their feeling is that if producers want them to work as soap stars then they want to be paid like soap stars.”

A spokesperson for ITVBe confirmed: “Next year viewers can look forward to two extended series of The Only Way Is Essex on ITVBe, giving fans even more insight and access into the cast’s lives and loves.”

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