TOWIE stars face axe?
'The Only Way Is Essex' cast have been told they will face the axe if they aren't more exciting
'The Only Way Is Essex' cast face the axe if they aren't more exciting.
Long established stars such as Gemma Collins, Joey Essex Lauren Goodger and James 'Arg' Argent are all returning for a new series but ITV2 bosses have insisted they must raise their game.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "They were sat down and told the show would be coming back next year - but also what would be expected of them.
"Producers said if they all wanted to return then a lot of them would have to change their attitude and buck up their ideas.
"There have been a lot of grumbles from producers about timekeeping by cast members, and the way the crew are treated, and they laid out these concerns during the meeting.
"The stars were also told that the only way to guarantee their places was to be as exciting as possible on the show."
However, the cast also took the opportunity to make their own complaints about the long hours and poor pay on the show.
The source added: "The cast were also able to air their grievances and complained about the long hours they are expected to film for just £80 a day.
"It was a bit of a clear-the-air session after all the troubles there have been."