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Gemma Collins Quits 'TOWIE', Just Days Before 'Celebrity Big Brother' Launch Night

18/08/2015 10:45 BST | Updated 18/08/2015 10:59 BST

Gemma Collins has announced that she’s quit ‘The Only Way Is Essex’, and it sounds like she actually means it this time.

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Yes, yes, we know… The GC has been something of a ‘TOWIE’ yo-yo for the past few months, and she was previously reported to have been suspended, only to return just a couple of episodes later.

However, she’s now confirmed that she’s stepping down from the docusoap for good, after four years on the show.

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Gemma Collins bursting out of a clothing rail because why not, eh?

She tells The Sun: “I truly have had a blast on ‘TOWIE’. It’s been so much fun.

“It’s been quite dramatic and emotional at times, but I’ve loved every minute of it.”

During her time on ‘TOWIE’, Gemma has never been far away from the centre of drama, usually over her on-off relationship with James “Arg” Argent and turbulent friendship with Bobby Norris.

She’s also been responsible for some of the show’s best one-liners, such as “you’re not getting any of this candy” and “I’m Gemma Collins, I’m 34, I’ve earned my diva-ship”.

Sensational.

What we couldn’t help but notice, of course, is that the announcement of Gemma’s departure comes just days away from the launch of a new series of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’.

Gemma had previously been tipped to be taking part in the new series of ‘CBB’, less than a year after walking out of the ‘I’m A Celebrity’ jungle.

A source told The Mirror earlier this year: “This is Gemma’s chance to put the dramas of ‘I’m A Celebrity’ behind her and show people what she’s really capable of.

“This time round everything is different. She’s happy and feels ready to get stuck into ‘CBB’. She wants the public to see the real her.”

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