According to reports, the Italian stallion was back filming for the hit ITVBe show yesterday, just as co-star Gemma Collins found herself in hot water.
Mario was banned from going to Marbella with the rest of the TOWIE gang afterpromoting slimming pills on social media – which goes against ITV rules.
Mario told 3am: “I was a bit gutted not to go to Marbs this year but, on reflection, having seen all the dramas they had out there it was probably a blessing in disguise.
“I am pleased to be back filming in Essex and looking forward to having some fun with the lads.”
Meanwhile, plus-sized clothing range entrepreneur Gemma posted a defiant message to her fans as it was revealed she has been pulled from filming following an alleged outburst.
The star broke her silence after it was revealed she would be taking a break from filming, after throwing a drink and storming off set.
She posted a message on Instagram which read: “Never apologize for trusting your intuition – your brain can play tricks, your heart can blind, but your gut is always right.”
And she wrote alongside it: “New pathway so excited got to be me from now on won’t be controlled or portrayed as no one but myself anymore and when you stand up people don’t like it.”
A source told us: “Gemma did throw a plastic flute at the team, but it wasn’t a glass. She didn’t feel comfortable in the situation she was in, but she was in tears afterwards.”
However a rep for the star has denied she’s been suspended, but confirmed she’s “taking some time out due to personal commitments.”
A source added: “Producers make it quite clear to cast that bad behaviour will not be tolerated.”