Lauren Goodger has reportedly been axed from The Only Way Is Essex.

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The beauty salon owner – who has been in the ITV2 reality show since it started in 2010 – is said to have had a showdown with bosses on Sunday night (22.04.12) and been told she will not be shooting any more scenes for the programme this week.

The showdown happened after Lauren became annoyed that her scenes at a party kept getting pushed back as producers were filming James ‘Arg’ Argent, Billi Mucklow and Cara Kilbey as they had taken part in the London Marathon earlier that day.

An insider told The Sun: “Lauren was screaming at a producer and being a right diva saying the programme treated her appallingly after her scenes kept getting pushed back.

“Bosses were livid as Lauren was already an hour late, while the rest of the crew had been there all day filming Arg, Billi and Cara doing the marathon.

“The producer told Lauren she wouldn’t speak to her while she was in that state. Lauren then threatened to quit, saying she was the star of the show and would go to MTV where her and her sisters would be the new Kardashians.”

But furious producers have now told her to stay away from the show until everyone involved has a make or break meeting this week.

Another source said: “The cast and crew have had enough of the way Lauren is acting. They have got to the point where they feel that if she wants to quit, she should. Nobody is bigger than the show.

“She is not in Wednesday’s episode (25.04.12) and until producers meet with her and her representative she is not doing any more.”

Lauren took to Twitter after the incident to say: “Never been so angry in all my life! All I can say is what a shame.”

A TOWIE spokesman said: “We are looking into this.”