Maria Fowler and Harry Derbidge to leave The Only Way Is Essex

“New projects” beckon for TOWIE stars as they announce departures via Twitter

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The Only Way Is Essex’s Maria Fowler and Harry Derbidge have become the latest stars to announce they are leaving the show.

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Both used Twitter to share the news, Fowler tweeting: “I Would like to be the first to announce… After a rollercoaster year and after meeting with producers today we have decided that my time on TOWIE has come to an end.

“I am happy to be leaving the show on a high after 3 series and feel I am embarking on a new chapter in my life with exciting projects both personal and professional. 

“Thank you for all your support during my time on the show and I hope to continue to keep you all entertained throughout 2012!!”

Meanwhile, Derbidge – who was among those rumoured to be facing the axe last month as producers looked to bring in new faces – told followers: “I really did not want you to all find out so soon but its out there, I am not in TOWIE anymore as I am moving onto different things.”

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Fowler and Derbidge’s announcements come following the departures of Amy Childs, Mark Wright and Kirk Norcross from the show.