Weeks before the launch of the new Made in Chelsea season 17 (Monday, March 25th) both Sam Thompson and sister Louise announced they had quit the 2019 series alongside Louise’s fiancé, Ryan Libbey.

Here’s the scoop on why SW3 has lost three of their biggest stars and who is set to replace them.

Roll on seven new cast members...

Screen Shot: Diana and Sam Thompson - Made in Chelsea: Croatia, E4

Screen Shot: Diana and Sam Thompson – Made in Chelsea: Croatia, E4

Why has Sam Thompson left Made in Chelsea?

Although not completely ruling out a return to SW3 – meaning he’s probably going to pop up at the end of this series if not the next – Sam has quit Made in Chelsea for the time being.

He explained to Heart Breakfast that his relationship with co-star Sophie ‘Habbs’ Habboo caused a lot of strain on him while filming for season 16.

Sam was looking for love on Celebs Go Dating 2019 and has distanced himself from the Chelsea group of friends that he ended up falling out with due to his relationship with Habbs.

Screen Shot: Sam Thompson and Habbs - Made in Chelsea: Croatia

Screen Shot: Sam Thompson and Habbs – Made in Chelsea: Croatia

Screen Shot: Sam Thompson and Habbs - Made in Chelsea: Croatia

Screen Shot: Sam Thompson and Habbs – Made in Chelsea: Croatia

We’re sure it won’t be long before Sammy boy pops ups on TV again, though, once he recovers from his gruelling seven-day challenge on Celebrity SAS.

Maybe he will end up making a triumphant return as a TV presenter…

Sam said to Heart Breakfast:

I think I’ll be back at some point so I’m not too sad because everyone takes a break every now and then from stuff. I haven’t really had time to sort of sit down and think about it because I’ve just been so busy recently – you know my aim in life is to be a presenter, that’s my dream, I love it to absolute bits.

Sam Thompson

Why have Louise and Ryan quit?

Likewise, Ryan and Lousie have never really enjoyed a smooth ride on Made in Chelsea.

Having finally moved on from the Lousie and Alik Alfus storyline, the couple were sucked into the drama by having to support lil’ brother Sam in series 16.

Louise has been on the show since 2011, however, and has the E4 series to thank for launching her career in modelling, fitness and as a social media influencer.

She answered fans’ questions on Instagram as they have started to probe into her absence following several episodes of the new MIC series without her.

Lousie said:

Sadly taking a break. I’ve launched a new business so heavily invested in that,” followed by a smiley face.

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Screen Shot: Made in Chelsea series 16 episode 3 – E4

Meet the newbies!

The overhaul has seen seven newbies added to the SW3 cast list.

For a full rundown of the Made in Chelsea 2019 cast, check out the eight newbies here.

 

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