TOWIE’s Bobby Norris candidly discusses reason for quitting and takes a trip down memory lane

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Fans of The Only Way Is Essex were understandably devastated when one of its much-loved cast members Bobby Norris announced last month that he’s taking a step back from the reality show.

New!'s celebrity interviewer has decided to follow his dreams and pursue a career in presenting and will now host a behind-the-scenes gossip show, instead of being embroiled in the drama in Essex.

“They say fortune favours the brave,” the 35-year-old tells new magazine. “I’m a massive believer in fate and that everything happens for a reason.”

In their interview Bobs takes a trip down memory lane to discuss his 10-year stint on the series, from break-ups to hilarious scenes in Vegas.

“I’ve had some amazing opportunities and been to some amazing places that never would have come my way if I hadn’t joined the show,” he tells us.

Here, loveable Bob reflects on the highs and lows of his time on TOWIE, reveals who his presenting idols are and tells us why he’s not on the hunt for love…

Hi Bobby! How are you feeling about taking a step back fromTOWIE?

I’m a massive believer that life is all about timing and everything happens for a reason and now just feels like the right time. I started dipping my toe into presenting gigs about four years ago and then over the last two years I’ve been doing more and more, with a few guest slots on Good Morning Britain as a showbiz reporter, hosting music shows and then landing my job hosting Access All Areas on FUBAR radio, to name just a few. It’s no secret that presenting has always been my passion. Of course, I’ve had an amazing 10 years on TOWIE . It’s been such a huge part of my life – 24 series and 300 episodes!

Wow! How do you feel about leaving the comfort zone of TOWIE?

I owe so much to TOWIE and I’ve been through so much on that show. From joining at 24 to now being 35, I’ve had relationships on there, I’ve made lifelong friends. TOWIE was my day job and my comfort zone, but they say fortune favours the brave and there’s never really the right time to do something. It’s no secret to anyone watching the show, the last series wasn’t an easy one for me, but I’m a massive believer in fate.

You did have a few rows in the last series. Have you cleared the air with Amy Childs and Chloe Sims?

Absolutely. Me and the girls sorted our differences last series and things are good between us. I get on with all the cast and don’t have a problem with any of them. When you’ve been in a job for that long you really do become a family. You go through so much together. Especially on a TV show, the ups, the downs, the highs, the lows that have gone on over the years and we’ve literally travelled the world together.

What have been the real highs?

I’ve had so many. It’s changed my life really. I’ve had some amazing opportunities and I’ve been to some beautiful places that never would have come my way if I hadn’t joined the show. When we filmed The Only Way Is Vegas, that was an incredible experience because normally when we film abroad we take our crew, but because it was in America, we had an American camera crew out there. Bless them, I don’t know what they made of us. They put me and Gemma [Collins] in this car called a Cadillac and it was older than both of us put together.

Yes, we remember this!

And I’m not the most confident of drivers when driving abroad and I got in a right state trying to drive this car. The tourists could see cameras and they thought we were filming a comedy film. There was smoke coming out of the bonnet and we ended up driving over a train line. In Essex if there are train lines there are barriers, but they’ve got none of that. So me and Gemma were chatting away and the next thing we know we’re over rails. Thank God nothing was coming. It’s those moments you never forget.

What about the lows?

Break-ups. When you’re on a reality show and your relationship is focused on, it’s never easy to go through a break-up – especially when it’s so in-depth.

Are you still on the lookout for love?

I’ve always been honest that I’d love to meet the right guy, get married, and have a family when the time’s right and I’m with the right person. But I’m cautious that when you look for something you don’t always find it. When he comes along, lovely, but I’m not running up and down the aisles in Sainsbury’s looking for him.

There’s a whole world of TV out there to try aside from presenting, like Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins. What’s the dream?

On SAS, when the celebs have to listen to babies crying, there’s no way I could do that for eight hours. I can see why it’s torturous, but that would torture my head a bit too much. I’m very much at a stage in my life, because I do have a few fears and phobias, that I want to tackle as many of them as possible.

We think you’d be good on SAS as you’re quite fit!

Do you know what it is? I’m quite hard on myself and think, “Oh, I couldn’t do that.” But actually I’ve decided I want to do more things that scare me. I love so many of the shows out there and even though I’ve stepped back from TOWIE, it doesn’t mean I would rule out doing other reality shows.

We’re sure you’ll have a flourishing presenting career. Who’s your presenting idol?

Eamonn Holmes is incredible. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing him myself a couple of times. I remember getting ready for school back in the GMTV days and he was hosting that and I’ve followed his career growing up. Phillip Schofield and Paddy McGuinness are fab too. There are so many people who inspire me in this industry.

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