TOWIE hunk James Lock will make a sensational return to reality TV this summer – with bosses promising "fireworks" as he reunites with an ex.
The Sun can exclusively reveal the Essex businessman, 36, will star on the latest series of Ex On The Beach.
It comes after we were first to report how Lockie's stunning TOWIE ex Yazmin Oukhellou, 29, has also signed up for the sizzling MTV series.
A source was first to tell us: "James always makes great TV so bosses were thrilled when he agreed to come back for another round.
"He has quite the romantic history so there are plenty of exes that they can bring in to create fireworks, and it will certainly be interesting to see how he and Yaz get on."
James is no stranger to Ex On The Beach's red-faced moments, having endured an awkward reunion with ex Megan Barton-Hanson on the 2022 series.
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Back in 2018, Lockie and Yaz quit TOWIE to save their relationship.
At the time, a show spokesperson said: “It was mutually decided that James and Yazmin would not film the final two episodes of this series [in 2018], allowing them time to work on their relationship.”
Yazmin made the decision to take a break during filming earlier that season due to her ongoing battle with depression.
They broke up in 2019 when Yaz accused Lockie of partying with other girls in a hotel room but then patched things up to give their love another shot.
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Yet the pair eventually split in 2021.
They again broke up after reportedly having a "huge row" while in Dubai for a "work trip."
The on-off couple decided to call it quicks after tensions finally boiled over.
Yet just this summer Lockie spoke exclusively to The Sun and denied ever quitting TOWIE – admitting he planned to stay on "for a long time."
Despite this, the reality hunk has pulled out of filming for a key part of the new series, after signing up for a US show.
He will be taking part in MTV series The Challenge USA after proving a hit with bosses on the UK version earlier this year.
Talking to The Sun last month, at the launch of his fitness range, Levo, the 36-year-old said he had no plans on leaving Towie.
In fact, he said he’d stay on the show for the foreseeable as it was something he enjoyed doing and had “no drama” on it anymore.
James said viewers have “seen him mature” on Towie over the years, and that the show had made him who he is today.
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