The Only Way is Essex Series 23 kick-starts again on Sunday, September 2nd, on ITVBe at 9 pm.

However, there is one familiar face that is missing from the regular TOWIE line-up.

James ‘Arg’ Argent is nowhere to be seen. But why?

TOWIE Series 23 Cast

The full cast list for series 23 of TOWIE includes two newbies.

Sam Mucklow joins the Essex gang alongside Saffron Lempriere, who is one of Gemma Collins’s best friends.

However, with the addition of two, comes the subtraction of one – no more Arg!

Why Isn’t Arg in TOWIE?

Arg pulled out of filming for series 23 because he went into rehab. This is the third time in his career.

In 2014, the 30-year-old entered a rehab facility after he was suspended from The Only Way is Essex for wild partying.

Three years later, in 2017, he entered another facility in Thailand to help overcome a “cycle of depression”.

Arg then checked himself into another rehab facility following a difficult summer, which included filming for the Gemma Collins Diva Espana series in Marbella.

Arg told OK! Online: It’s not been an easy time but I’m happy to be back in a programme that gives me the ongoing support that I need.

I’m thankful for the incredible support I have received from my family, close friends and colleagues.”

Has Arg Quit TOWIE?

Arg has not announced that he has quit The Only Way is Essex full time.

A spokesperson for Arg explained that he was simply “taking a break”, meaning that he should return to Essex for series 24.

Arg and Gemma Collins are still very much in a relationship – despite their break-up on Diva Espana – and remain two of TOWIE’s biggest-name stars going forward.

Arg’s spokesperson said, to OK! Online: James is taking a break from TOWIE to give himself the space and time to concentrate on his well-being.”


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