Former TOWIE star Kirk Norcross is set for an explosive return to the reality show for its 10-year reunion special.
According to The Sun, ITVbe bosses are said to be confident they can get willing TOWIE original Kirk, 31, back on the show and are hoping to reunite him with former frenemy Mark Wright, 33.
Kirk originally starred on the show from its first series in 2010 before leaving in 2013. He also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and Ex On The Beach before turning his back on fame to start a drain unblocking business.
Comeback? Former TOWIE star Kirk Norcross is set for an explosive return to the reality show for its 10-year reunion special
A source told the website: ‘Kirk was top of the list for producers who are putting the reunion show together.
‘They are determined to get him and Mark back on it. There’s a bit of history there so sparks could fly and it would make great telly.
‘Originally, producers were worried that Kirk was going to snub them. But they are much more confident now and reckon he can definitely be persuaded.’
Kirk and Mark memorably went head-to-head in a charity boxing match as two of the key players in Essex.
Here come the boys: Kirk (far right) originally starred on the show from its first series in 2010 before leaving in 2013. He had a memorable feud with mark Wright (centre)
MailOnline has contacted representatives for TOWIE, Kirk Norcoss and Mark Wright for comment.
Kirk shot to fame on TOWIE as the wealthy, womanising son of Sugar Hut owner Mick Norcross.
He started romancing Amy Childs although their romance was doomed. The star then enjoyed a high profile on-off romance with DJ Lauren Pope before quitting the show.
The claims come after Kirk revealed he has ditched the ‘toxic’ world of fame for his new drain unblocking business and he couldn’t be happier.
Leaving it all behind: Kirk turned his back on fame to start a drain unblocking business
The former reality star found fame as one of the original castmembers of TOWIE and admitted he is ‘so glad’ he has now left that life behind.
Speaking to The Sun, Kirk said he found the world of fame to be a ‘brutal’ environment and has dramatically downsized his expenses since leaving it behind.
He said: ‘I used to buy Ferarris, expensive watches and designer jeans — now I’m happy with a £20 pair from Topman.
There is so much b******t going on when you live your life in the public eye. It can be toxic and you get surrounded by people who are fake and just hangers-on.
Original cast member: Kirk shot to fame on TOWIE as the wealthy, womanising son of Sugar Hut owner Mick Norcross
‘And it can be a very brutal environment. Now I get up, go to work, keep my head down and earn a living with a bigger smile on my face.’
Kirk admitted that appearing on reality TV turned him into a monster, but bosses didn’t want to do anything to help the monster they created.
Kirk, who previously appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, now runs his own business, KN Jet Services, out of his native Essex.
The TV star added that he has come off Twitter as he no longer wanted to be exposed to comments from social media trolls.
Working hard: Kirk, who previously appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, now runs his own business, KN Jet Services, out of his native Essex
Kirk believes trolling can be particularly hard for young people who are on reality shows to deal with, particularly if they experience a dip in their level of fame.
He now hopes to use his experiences with fame to speak to schoolchildren about the dangers of online bullying.
The star previously admitted that he contemplated taking his own life and said he took ‘a load of sleeping pills and just wanted to drift away but it didn’t work’.
Kirk said he is happy to be alive as it means he can make a difference and he particularly wants to help men to become more comfortable talking about their feelings.
Little support: Kirk admitted that appearing on reality TV turned him into a monster, but bosses didn’t want to do anything to help the monster they created
Kirk added that he sometimes sees re-runs of TOWIE and has to do a double take as his life is so different now to the way it was.
It was first reported in June last year that ITVBe were looking to get the original TOWIE cast to return, as a source said: ‘TOWIE’s ten years anniversary is coming up next year and bosses want to mark it in some way.
‘It been a cultural phenomenon really and some of the original cast members have gone down in reality TV history.
‘No one is entirely sure what they will do or if any of the cast mates will agree to come back but at the moment it’s a case of never say never.’
Anticipated comeback: It was first reported in June last year that ITVBe were looking to get the original TOWIE cast to return