The Only Way Is Essex star Amy Childs has quit the show after a disagreement with producers over her TV career, according to The Sun.

The paper reports that the 21-year-old beautician – who is one of TOWIE’s most popular stars – is keen to take part in other shows and is rumoured to have had a number of offers worth £500,000.

These reportedly include a £200,000 deal to take part in the new series of Celebrity Big Brother, which begins on Five in August.

However TOWIE bosses expressed concerns over Amy and other cast members taking part in other reality shows as it may threaten the success of the show – which they maintain is largely down to viewers seeing them as ‘real people’ and not celebrities.

“The Only Way Is Essex is a community show. It stars TOWIE people, not Big Brother wannabes – it’s new and fresh,” an insider told the paper.

“It’s bizarre that Amy wants to do a show that was axed last year for being out of date.

“It’s sad that she’s leaving – viewers liked her,” the source added. “But no-one’s bigger than the show.”

Amy also recently began appearing on daytime show This Morning, where she has been presenting a beauty section.