Mario Falcone predicts new TOWIE main man

Mario Falcone thinks 'The Only Way Is Essex' bosses will bring in ''another a***hole'' to the ITV2 show now Mark Wright has quit

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Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone at the Urban Music Awards

Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone

Mario Falcone thinks 'TOWIE' bosses will bring in "another a***hole" to the show now Mark Wright has quit.

The Italian hunk - who came to blows with the 24-year-old star in the third series of 'The Only Way Is Essex' after Mark claimed he slept with Mario's girlfriend, Lucy Mecklenburgh - thinks ITV2 producers will want to wind up the cast by brining in another Mark-type character.

He told new! magazine: "Mark won't be there, but I'm sure they'll bring another a***hole in - someone to cause dramas."

It was recently revealed 'TOWIE' bosses are set to axe Sam Faiers, Kirk Norcross, Maria Fowler, Harry Derbridge and Lauren Pope from the upcoming fourth series of the show.

A huge shake-up will see the five stars forced out in favour of new cast members due to their storylines coming to a "natural end".

Producers are already scouring Essex in the hope of finding fresh faces to appear on 'TOWIE' amid fears the upcoming fourth series - which hits screens in January - could be overshadowed be newer reality shows 'Desperate Scousewives' and 'Made In Chelsea'.

An insider said: "There is a big 'TOWIE' shake-up happening for series four. Bosses are keen to keep the format fresh. Producers have already been scouting for great people around Essex. "Kirk has been axed and won't be seen in the Christmas special. Others set to get the chop include Sam Faiers, Lauren Pope, Harry Derbridge and Maria Fowler.

"This is basically due to their storylines coming to a natural end and the fact that some of them are just not that popular with viewers. Producers are keen to make series four as exciting as possible. Series three was the highest rated so far and they're keen to build on that."

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