The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins announced earlier in August that she was quitting the reality television show after four years of appearing on the ITVBe series. But if she is looking to cross over to E4's equivalent, Made In Chelsea, she should better think again according to series regular Jamie Laing.
The 26-year-old alluded there would be no room for a new person on the show and that it only works so well because the Made In Chelsea cast have all been friends or acquaintances since they were young.
"The great thing about our show is that we've all known each other for so long. We've grown up with each other. So we won't just invite anyone to join," he said. "We are one big happy family so unfortunately, I don't think this would ever happen. But I don't think Gemma would want to be on Made In Chelsea anyway. She'd hate it!"
Laing, who has been a part of MIC for nine seasons, went on to discuss Collins's recent departure from her own reality show, deeming ditching the series as the wrong thing do. "The worst thing you can do is jump ship just because you've been made a better offer – or at least you think you're being presented with a better offer. You should stay loyal and true to your roots," he said.
"Remember where you came from. If you are thinking of leaving then it should be a gradual transition. For me, I'm such a loyal guy. Made In Chelsea gave me my place in the media world. I love it and don't have any plans to leave," added Laing, who was talking to the Mirror Online.
In the most recent series of the Essex-based show, Collins became particularly known for her explosive arguments on-screen and causing a stir among other members of the cast, something Laing confessed he was not impressed with. He said: "Everyone needs to stop being idiots. We are role models for young people so we need do what is right. We should inspire young people. Keep that in mind."