Pete Wicks has reportedly been told that he will be returning for the next series of The Only Way Is Essex.
Yesterday producers confirmed that a significant number of cast members have been dropped from the show in order to focus on "a smaller group" of participants.
A source told the newspaper: "Pete was told last night that he'd been saved from the chop by show bosses - he's been on TOWIE for years and is a huge fan favourite so they didn't want to lose him.
"But sadly, Nicole Bass was told she's been let go and won't be on the next series. She's gutted."
The new slim-lined series is expected to start on ITVBe in September.