Lauren Goodger has quit The Only Way is Essex to appear on the next series of Dancing On Ice.

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The 25-year-old star will make her final appearance on TOWIE tonight (22.08.12), and hopes to launch her media career further by appearing on the ITV1 reality series.

A source said: “Lauren knows she is not an integral part of TOWIE anymore, so she’s decided to jump ship.

“An opportunity to Dancing On Ice came along and she’s jumped at the chance. But ITV are really strict about TOWIE people doing other shows where they are treated as celebs, so she can’t do both.

“She hopes the public will see a different side to her on Dancing On Ice and that she will be able to launch a career off the back of it.”

Goodger has been inspired after watching her ex Mark Wright present his own – if widely panned – series Mark Wright’s Hollywood Nights, as well as I’m A Celebrity.

The source added to The Sun: “She’s watched Mark pick up telly work after he quit and did I’m A Celebrity. She’s keen to do the same.”

A spokesperson for the show confirmed: “Lauren will take a break and won’t appear in the next series.”