TOWIE made her a household name but Lucy Mecklenburgh won’t be joining the other cast favourites on the show’s reunion special.
She becomes the next big name to turn down ITV bosses after breakout star Mark Wright also declined.
After giving birth to son Roman in March, Lucy couldn’t find the time to appear.
A show source said: “Lucy loves the show and has a real soft spot for it but unfortunately she’s too busy to fit in filming for the reunion.
“She has so much going on at the moment.
“Between being a new parent and her business, there is barely any time she could put aside to be on the show.
“She tried to make it work but when everything was taken into account, something had to give. It’s sad but not really surprising.”
Since first appearing on Towie, Lucy has amassed a £3.5million fortune and is now loved up with former Corrie star Ryan Thomas, the father of her young son.
So far, Amy Childs, Billie Faiers, Jessica Wright and Joey Essex have all agreed to return for the special episodes.
But as I reported earlier this month, Mark — now a busy telly presenter in his own right — said no after claiming his life had simply moved on.
The specials were set to follow the traditional Towie format, with a load of familiar faces coming back to film.
But social distancing due to Covid-19 has forced producers to adjust their plans.
Instead, the specials will now feature a countdown of the top Towie moments as voted for by viewers.
I’m sure fans won’t miss the no-shows too much.
CELEBS competing in Don’t Rock The Boat try their best to look ship-shape in the pretty Scottish seaside town of Oban.
Fleur East, Tom Watson and Craig Charles are seen arriving and being joined on land by Shaun Wallace and Adam Thomas.
The show, hosted by Freddie Flintoff and AJ Odudu, features two teams of six celebrities rowing the length of Britain and is billed as the “toughest ever”.
But as I reported last week, producers are secretly towing the boats at night so they don’t have to row all the way.
A source said: “They are doing short, gruelling bursts instead.”
No bull, Gord's name is mud…
GORDON Ramsay has been criticised after trying Indonesian bull racing for his new show.
The chef was dragged along a flooded rice paddy field by two bulls for National Geographic show Uncharted.
But animal activists branded the 400-year-old tradition, called pacu jawi, “cruel”.
In the episode, which airs on September 16, the bulls are seen being smacked and dragged with a piece of string through their noses.
Gordon has three attempts at racing in exchange for some local farmer’s beef, which he uses to cook a local dish.
Watching the spectacle, he says: “This is insane. Pacu jawi might be my new favourite sport. It takes strength, courage and just a touch of crazy.”
Animal charity Peta’s director Elisa Allen said: “Gordon Ramsay needs to stop struggling, in this desperately old-fashioned way, to look macho by bullying animals.”
Gordon and National Geographic were asked for comment.
It comes after Gordon was blasted by locals in Cornwall for moving to his home there from London during lockdown.
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Chemo joy for Nolan
ANNE Nolan has thanked fans for their support after finishing a gruelling course of chemotherapy.
To celebrate, the singer – who co-hosted The Nolans Go Cruising – rang a large brass bell attached to the wall of her ward at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital.
Anne, 69, posted on social media: “I am so thrilled to have finished my chemo, onwards and upwards now to my next treatment. Thank you very much for all your wishes and support.”
She previously revealed her breast cancer battle alongside younger sister Linda Nolan, 61, in an exclusive interview with The Sun.
The eldest Nolan sister had a tough time with her treatment and spent 11 days in hospital.
Anne said: “It’s really toxic chemo and it’s not been good.”
KERRY Katona is engaged to boyfriend Ryan Mahoney after two years of dating.
He will be her fourth hubby after Brian McFadden, Mark Croft and George Kay.
Ryan asked Kerry’s kids for their permission.
Woody's Earth bid
NETFLIX has bagged a string of Hollywood A-listers to host its latest climate change documentary.
Kiss The Ground, which lands on September 22, will be narrated by Hunger Games actor Woody Harrelson. The show, which will suggest a solution for climate change, also features Gisele Bundchen, David Arquette and Ian Somerhalder.
It comes in the wake of Zac Efron’s Down To Earth which was also a big hit on the streaming service.
Co-director Rachell Tickell said: “Never before has there been a more important message, and the good news is it’s hopeful, it’s actionable and the film shows us steps we can take right now.”
Footage was first shot nine years ago in Africa by Ian, who went to school with the other co-director, Sam Tickell.
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