The last remaining TOWIE original might not be returning

TOWIE favourite James ‘Arg’ Argent has had a major lifestyle change over the past few weeks – we’ve literally seen him shrink in front of our eyes.

But while the reality star has been noticeably absent from the latest series of The Only Way Is Essex due to his 10-week stint in a Thai rehab – now it looks like Arg could be dropped from the show for good.

Yup. According to The Sun, Arg met with bosses of the ITVBe show and they explained they aren’t keen on him making a comeback despite seemingly turning his life around at the treatment centre.

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A source told the publication: ‘Arg loves Towie and was hoping he would make a cameo in the final few episodes of the series.

‘But bosses believe after a lengthy stint in a rehab, being rushed back into the fold would not be in the best interests of Arg and other cast members.’

More: What a transformation! See TOWIE star James Argent’s incredible weight-loss story in pictures!

The insider added: ‘He was also told a full-time return is unlikely, unless there was a dramatic improvement in his lifestyle.’

Its easy to get carried away with Goals, Achievements & dreams…I know I'm gonna kill it but I have to take each day as it comes! #justfortoday

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Twenty-nine-year-old Arg is the show’s only remaining original and has been causing dramz around Brentwood for SEVEN years and 19 whole series.

But this year he hasn’t been featured at all (apart from Gemma Collins dropping that huge bombshell that she’d slept with him in Marbella) after checking himself into a self-help rehab facility in Thailand.

Reports suggest Mark Wright‘s BFF flew across the globe in February to ‘battle his demons’ after getting himself into ‘cycles of depression’ following excess partying and overeating.

However, since starting his stint in rehab the popular ITVBe personality has kept his fans up to date on his journey and managed to shed loads of weight by taking part in activities such as Martial Arts, abseiling down waterfalls and trekking through the Thai jungle.

Amazing, right?

The star recently made a triumphant return to Essex following the ‘life changing’ experience looking slimmer than ever and very happy with himself.

HOME SWEET HOME!!! Reunited with the main man @oharadavies #therealhardworkstartsnow x

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Let’s hope Arg can keep up the good work and come back to our screens VERY soon!