'The Only Way Is Essex' bosses are reportedly axing the likes of Harry Derbridge and Courtney Green from the show.

Courtney Green

Courtney Green

The ITVBe show - which launched in October 2010 - is set for a major shake-up after it was confirmed they would be moving on "with a smaller group of cast members", and it seems Chloe Meadows and Tom McDonnell could also get cut.

An insider told The Sun Online: "A lot of difficult conversations have been had in the last 24 hours.

"It’s never nice to tell someone their services are no longer needed but the producers have to do what is right for the show.

“They want more time focussing on fewer, and unfortunately some of those who haven’t had full, proper storylines had to go. They wish them all the best and are always here if they need the support.”

Meanwhile, MailOnline has reported that Harry Lee, Kelsey Stratford and Clelia Theodorou could also leave, while Chloe Brocket is waiting to discover her own fate.

It's said Amy Childs, Amber Turner, James Lock and Chloe Sims - as well as her sisters Demi, Frankie and Gatsby - are among the stars who have been saved.

'TOWIE' bosses - who are yet to officially announce which stars are being axed - confirmed they would be making some changes to help the show "evolve".

A statement on the programme's Instagram account read: "After more than ten fabulous years following the lives of our ever-growing cast, TOWIE will be evolving with some changes.

"As it looks ahead to future series' to come, the next instalment of our BAFTA award winning show returns to Essex to follow a smaller group of cast members.

"This change allows our cast more time to film their real lives, showing more of their personal passions and professions, alongside their strong bonds and dynamics with family and friends."

The team thanked those who won't be returning and reassured viewers that they will "continue to offer welfare support if needed to all past and present cast".

They added: Those who won’t appear regularly on-screen next series will always be part of the TOWIE family and we wholeheartedly thank them for sharing their lives with us in recent years.

“As always, their wellbeing is of paramount importance to us and we will continue to offer welfare support if needed to all past and present TOWIE cast.

"We ask and urge all our viewers to think before commenting below, and remember that #thesepeopleareallreal."