Lauren Goodger has quit The Only Way Is Essex to join Dancing On Ice in the new year, it has been claimed.
According to The Sun, Lauren has agreed to bow out of the ITV2 series after its current series concludes tonight.
It will allow Lauren to start training for ITV1 reality show [cat]Dancing On Ice[/cat], which is set to hit screens in January.
“Lauren knows she is not an integral part of Towie any more, so she’s decided to jump ship,” a source told the newspaper this morning. “An opportunity to do Dancing On Ice came along and she’s jumped at the chance.
“But ITV are really strict about Towie people doing other shows where they are treated as celebs, so she can’t do both.
“She hopes the public will see a different side to her on Dancing On Ice and that she will be able to launch a career off the back of it.”
The insider added that Lauren was “keen” to follow in the footsteps of ex Mark Wright, who quit the show last year to appear on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
A spokesperson didn’t confirm Lauren had quit, but did comment that she was on a “break” and would not be appearing in next year’s series.
They said: “Lauren will take a break and won’t appear in the next series.”