Following the departures of his former co-stars like Amy Childs and Mark Wright, Kirk Norcross has jumped ship and walked away from The Only Way Is Essex.

In a short update to his followers on Twitter, the reality TV star posted: "Jst 2 let every 1 no I have walked away from #TOWIE and will not be returning, the show had changed 2 mch! I will let u no the details soon (sic)."

This is the second time Norcross has walked away from the ITV2 show, originally leaving in 2011 and subsequently appearing on Celebrity Big Brother. He made a surprise return in October 2012 and has stayed with the show until now.

Norcross' father Mick is set to depart the show as well, while TOWIE couple Joey Essex and Sam Faiers have been rumoured to have been involved in discussions about a spin-off series following their life together.

Norcross' now-former co-star Mario Falcone went on a Twitter rant about the show earlier this month, writing "The producers are still lying to you all... Coronation street is more reality than TOWIE!" and complaining about how scripted the show is.