Ex-Towie star Mario Falcone says he was told not to say 'discombobulated' on the ITVBe show


Former The Only Way Is Essex cast member Mario Falcone has said his intelligence was too much for the ITVBe show.

During an interview with The Mirror, the 28-year-old claimed he had to dumb down his vocabulary so that his co-stars could understand him.

The reality soap heartthrob said: "Once I said the word 'discombobulated' and the whole crew said, 'Mario you can't say that,' and I was like, 'why?' They said, 'The people who watch Towie won't know what you're talking about'."

Former Towie star Mario Falcone
Former Towie star Mario Falcone (Ian West/PA)

He added: "I was a bespoke tailor before so I can't speak to wealthy clients like, 'Alright, me geezer.' It sounds horrible."

Mario recalled an appearance on ITV's This Morning which resulted in presenter Holly Willoughby complimenting him for his intelligence, saying she had no idea he was like that in real life.

On the subject of his Towie exit, the Essex star said: "I bought my soul back from the devil."

Towie's Mario Falcone and Lucy Mecklenburgh
Towie's Mario Falcone and Lucy Mecklenburgh (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

At the time of his departure, he talked of the need to "explore something new".

"I have had a great time on Towie and relished the many opportunities the show has given me, but after 14 series I feel it is time to move on," he said.

Mario was suspended from the reality soap in 2014 after he was seen allegedly taking drugs. He was suspended again in 2015 for promoting diet pills, which is against ITV rules.

Since launching in October 2010, Towie has brought viewers some of the most talked about moments on TV. The show, which celebrated its 200th episode last month, won a Bafta in 2011.