Lauren Goodger has been in The Only Way Is Essex since the first series

TOWIE star Lauren Goodger has quit the show and looks set to launch a TV career like her ex Mark Wright.

The blonde has long been a series regular but it's been confirmed she'll make her final appearance on Wednesday night's episode.

Lauren, 25, has apparently been speaking to producers about a possible exit for some time and the decision was made amid rumours that she's been offered other TV work.

Lauren knows she is not an integral part of TOWIE any more, so she's decided to jump ship,' says a source.

‘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.

‘She's watched Mark pick up telly work after he quit and did I'm A Celebrity. She's keen to do the same.'

It's claimed Lauren has upset producers of The Only Way Is Essex with diva-like behaviour during filming and many are said to be 'glad to see the back of her'.

A spokesman for the series tells The Sun: ‘Lauren will take a break and won't appear in the next series.'

SEE PICTURES The Only Way Is Essex cast celebrate Joey Essex's birthday

SEE PICTURES The Only Way Is Essex cast holiday in Marbella

SEE PICTURES The Only Way Is Essex stars Mark Wright and Lauren Goodger celebrate their engagement 

SEE PICTURES The Only Way Is Essex - meet the cast

Anna Francis