Pete Wicks was seen chatting with a mysterious brunette while queuing on Monday to visit a strip club in London.
The TOWIE star, 32, looked cheerful as he stood talking to the leggy brunette outside the Platinum Lace strip club in the West End.
Pete looked as cool as ever in a black jacket and jeans, paired with loafers for his night on the tiles – while placing a hand on the brunette’s waist.
Chat: Pete Wicks was seen chatting with a mysterious brunette while queuing to visit a London strip club on Monday
He wore his long locks down and pulled back from his tinted face.
The star seemed delighted to be in town as he chatted with his friends before his night at the strip club – where he attended a clothing launch event for his girlfriend Sophie O’Neill.
The sighting comes after Pete was rescued from a massive cast cull when TOWIE producers took out 10 cast members.
TOWIE bosses see regular cast member Pete as a “fan favorite” and were eager to keep him on the show after deciding to shake it up.
Playful: The 32-year-old TOWIE star looked cheerful as he stood outside the Platinum Lace strip club in the West End talking to the leggy brunette
Who is that? Pete looked as cool as ever in a black jacket and jeans, paired with loafers for his night on the tiles – as he placed a hand on the brunette’s waist
Chat: He wore his long locks down and pulled away from his tinted face
Tactile: Pete led the brunette into the strip club on their night out
It comes after MailOnline also revealed that Courtney Green, 26, Chloe Meadows, 28, and Clelia Theodorou, 26, were among the stars who no longer have a place on the show.
Sources said: ‘Pete was told last night that he had been tricked by show bosses – he’s been on Towie for years and is a huge fan favorite so they didn’t want to lose him.
Producers no doubt want to hold on to Pete after a string of explosive storylines, most recently including a secret sexual relationship for two years with his co-star Chloe Sims, 38.
Elsewhere, Courtney and Chloe are among the biggest casualties in the show’s mass culling.
Banter: Pete looked chilled as he chatted with his friends outside the club
Stunning: The brunette showed off her incredible legs while standing in line with Pete
Wow: The star looked delighted to be in town as he chatted with his friends before his night at the strip club – where he attended a clothing launch event for his friend Sophie O’Neill
Good night: The star was seen posing with a friend while enjoying his night nacht
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The best friends, who joined the series in 2015, have been dropped in a massive effort to revive the long-running reality series after a ratings slump.
Harry Lee, 26, Kelsey Stratford, 20, and Clelia, have also been tipped to leave, while Chloe Brockett, 20, has confirmed she will remain in the cast.
Amber Turner, 28, a divisive fanatic, is safe, as are TOWIE friends James Lock, 34, and Pete Wicks, 32, and long-serving star Bobby Norris, 34.
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Axed: Elsewhere, Courtney Green and Chloe Meadows are among the biggest victims in the show’s mass cull
‘Devastating’: Chloe (pictured), who joined the series in 2015, has quit in a massive attempt to revive the long-running reality show after a ratings slump
Original cast member Amy Childs, 31, who rejoined the series in 2020, will also remain on the show, while her cousin Harry Derbidge, 27, has gotten the boat.
Saffron Lempriere, 28, known for her past friendship with Gemma Collins, 40, remains part of the cast that will resume shooting in August.
A source said: ‘Courtney and Chloe are gutted, they thought they were part of the furniture. But bosses feel the brutal culling was necessary to shake up the show.
‘Smaller Group’: On Wednesday, TOWIE confirmed: ‘After more than 10 fantastic years in the life of our ever-growing cast, TOWIE will evolve with some changes’
“Many of the stars have yet to be told ahead of the meetings scheduled with producers today and are preparing for the worst. It will be devastating for so many of them.’
Courtney and Chloe’s resignation comes after TOWIE bosses have confirmed that the reality show’s next series will focus on a “smaller group of cast members.”
MailOnline reached out to a TOWIE representative for comment.
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The The 26-year-old star has been dropped from the show after she first joined the series in 2016. She is known for her toxic relationship with ex TOWIE co-star Myles Barnett
The 20-year-old, who joined the ITVBe series when bosses recruited a ‘younger generation’ of stars in 2019, has also been removed from the popular program
The The 26-year-old who was a semi-professional footballer is out of the show after joining in 2019 and having a romance with the likes of Chloe Brockett and Frankie Sims
The 26-year-old who is close friends with Harry Lee is also not returning to the series, having joined in 2019
ELLA RAE WISE
The 21 year old joined TOWIE in 2019 and most recently enjoyed a “flirty relationship” with Pete, much to the chagrin of his ex-Chloe Sims.
The The 28-year-old who joined TOWIE in 2016 will no longer be seen in the series. She is famous for her friendship with Courtney and bitter arguments with on-off boyfriend Amber Turner Turn
The The 26-year-old who is originally from Devon joined the series in 2018 as Dan Edgar’s love interest, but she is now leaving the Essex drama behind as bosses are giving her the chop too
The The 27-year-old, Amy Childs’ cousin and former member of the original cast, will also not be returning, having rejoined the series in 2020
A source close to the star, 29, who first joined the show in 2015, and returned last year, told MailOnline she’s disappointed bosses have let her go.
The 27-year-old is the last remaining TOWIE star to get the pork chop. Rem went out with Clelia and was only on the show for one series