Cara Kilbey quits The Only Way is Essex

Cara Kilbey has quit 'The Only Way is Essex' after she was banned from driving for two years and given community service after admitting drink-driving, but insiders insist her decision was not influenced by the case

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Cara Kilbey

Cara Kilbey has quit 'The Only Way is Essex'.

The brunette beauty - who was banned from driving for two years and given community service earlier this month after admitting drink-driving - feels it is the "right time" to leave the ITV2 reality show and insiders insists her decision is not down to her case.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "It was a mutual decision between her and producers. She feels it is the right time to move on."

Filming for the eighth 'TOWIE' series started yesterday (19.02.13) ahead of the show's return on Sunday (24.02.13), and Cara joins Lydia Bright - who quit the show in December - in being the only high-profile stars not returning to the programme.

The 34-year-old stunner - whose brother Tom Kilbey, who is dating Lydia, quit 'TOWIE' in November - is now looking to take the positives out of her decision to quit the show.

Earlier today (20.02.13), she tweeted: "Life throws the bad things at us to make the good things all the more worthwhile."

However, Cara revealed she has been having trouble sleeping recently.

She wrote: "Right... On a serious note I need some sort of sleeping advice... I can't sleep at night... #insomnia (sic)"

Cara's departure comes just two months after Lydia surprisingly announced on the 'TOWIE' Christmas special episode in December that she was leaving the show, telling her best friend Lucy Mecklenburgh she needs to quit the programme to get away from ex-boyfriend James 'Arg' Argent.

She said: "I've still got an ex boyfriend like Arg and every time I go to events he makes my life a misery.

"I just find it so hard all the time. I need to get away from this so he can get over me and I can move on with my life.

"I just don't think I can go on with Arg there. I hate the boy so much and I just need to get away.

"And in time I can come back and spend time with my friends again."

'TOWIE' returns to ITV2 on Sunday at 10pm.

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