Jessica Wright quits The Only Way Is Essex

TOWIE 'original' Jess announced her departure via social media this morning

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It’s the end of an era for The Only Way is Essex fans as Jessica Wright has announced she’s leaving the ITVBe reality series.

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Jess – sister to Mark Wright – revealed the news via social media this morning.

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“After five amazing years on The Only Way is Essex, it’s time for me to step away” she said, thanking viewers for their support.

Wright, who sadly lost her grandmother Nanny Pat last year, says fans haven’t seen the last of her, though.

“You will be seeing me soon and I’m also gonna be keeping up with all the goss in Essex,” she promised. “Love you all lots!”

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Wright follows in the footsteps of TOWIE cast mate and jungle star Ferne McCann, who recently announced she was taking a break to seek new adventures in the showbiz world.