The stars of The Only Way Is Essex have been warned they face the boot from the show if they cause trouble, according to the papers.
The Sun reports that producers on the ITV2 reality show – which has been renewed for a further two series – have told cast members not to use their new-found fame to make diva demands.
And they said that anybody who does faces being replaced by other unknown locals.
Their remarks come after nightclub promoter Kirk Norcross hit back at show bosses for editing him out of the Christmas special – which he claimed was as a result of him not co-operating with producers.
He said that he had now quit as a result and would launch his own rival programme.
“The Only Way Is Essex dropped me because I don’t have three girlfriends and ain’t a d***!” he wrote online. “They decided to cut me from the Crimbo one so I quit the rest!
“Gonna try do my own show. Their loss. Let’s see if I can get my own show – The Real Essex.”
The Only Way Is Essex has become an unexpected hit for ITV2 and turned its cast members, including Amy Childs and Lauren Goodger, into celebrities.
It has also given a boost to Deuces nightclub, the Chigwell venue owned by its star Mark Wright, which features in the show.
However none of the people featured are paid for taking part in the show, receiving only filming expenses and the possibility of earning further money from making personal appearances.
“The huge success of The Only Way is Essex has taken everyone by surprise,” an ITV insider told The Sun. “But none of the stars of it get paid.
“Bosses have told them they are committed to the show, but if anyone starts demanding big money they will get the boot.
“The success of the show is built around the fact that these are regular, everyday people,” the source added.
If their heads start getting too big, they will just get new people in and refresh it like a soap. No one is bigger than the show.”
The second series is set to air on ITV2 in the spring.