Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother AXED after 18 years

Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother AXED after 18 years: Channel 5 confirms FINAL series ahead of civilian show’s live launch

  • The broadcaster made the announcement via its Twitter page on Friday, just hours before the civilian show’s live launch
  • Alongside a teaser clip, the post said: ‘The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5.’
  • Bit On The Side spin-off show host Rylan Clark-Neal also took to social media to reveal he’s ‘saddened’ by the news following his six-year stint
  • The latest edition of CBB, which ended on Monday, saw soap star Ryan Thomas, 34, crowned as the winner following Punchgate scandal with Roxanne Pallett
  • Fans bid farewell to the franchise on Channel 4 in 2010, after ten years on air  

Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother have been axed after 18 years on British television, Channel 5 confirmed in a statement on Friday.

The broadcaster made the announcement via its Twitter page, just hours ahead of the live launch of the last-ever civilian series, while Bit On The Side spin-off show host Rylan Clark-Neal said he was ‘saddened’ by the news.

Alongside a teaser clip, the post said: ‘The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5.’ 

Final series: Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother have been axed after 18 years on British television, Channel 5 confirmed in a statement on Friday

Channel 5 added: ‘We’d like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success.’


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‘We’d also like to thank our brilliant presenters – Emma on Big Brother and Rylan from Bit on the Side – for their consummate professionalism, Marcus, the voice of Big Brother and all of the housemates who have created so many memorable moments.’

‘Most importantly, we’d like to thank fans of the show for their support over the last seven years. We look forward to giving the final series a brilliant send-off’, they concluded.

‘Saddened’: The broadcaster made the announcement via its Twitter page, just hours ahead of the live launch of the last-ever civilian series, while Bit On The Side spin-off show host Rylan Clark-Neal said he was ‘saddened’ by the news

Former X Factor star Rylan, 29, took to social media site to share his thoughts: ‘After 6 years working on one of the most iconic shows on television I’m saddened to hear the news Big Brother won’t be returning. It has been the biggest privilege being a housemate, a winner and a host on my favourite show on the television.’

‘To work with Emma, Marcus and the amazing team on BOTS every day and have made friends for life I’m truly the luckiest guy in the industry. I hope one day Big Brother will return but my focus now, as with the rest of the team is to make our last series the best yet.’

‘I’d like to thank all of our guests, housemates and teams from over the years, Endemol and Channel 5 for having me and most of all the viewers for sharing this amazing journey. I learned how host a show on the job here and I’ll forever be grateful for the opportunity. R x’, he concluded. 

Confirmation: Alongside a teaser clip, the post said: ‘The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5’

Hotly-anticipated launch: Big Brother’s official Twitter page posted a short teaser clip ahead of Friday’s premiere, which featured the words ‘it’s time for the game to end’, and ‘game over’

‘It has been the biggest privilege being a housemate, a winner and a host on the show’: Former X Factor star Rylan, 29, also took to social media site to share his thoughts

Big Brother’s official Twitter page posted a short teaser clip ahead of the hotly-anticipated premiere on Friday, which featured the words ‘it’s time for the game to end’, and ‘game over’. 

Loyal viewers swarmed Twitter after hearing about the show’s axe, with Nicola McLean, who appeared on CBB in 2012 and 2017, stating: ‘Totally gutted @bbuk #cbb @bbbots_uk has come to an end.. I have been so lucky to be apart of it @Rylan @EmmaWillis @marcusBBbentley you are all amazing #cbb (sic).’

CBB 2014 contestant James Jordan praised Rylan for his work on the show: ‘You’ve been bloody Amazing @Rylan !!! You was like a duck to water from day one, a true pro and with a great sense of humour. Good luck with your future endeavours because there will be loads (sic).’

Commending the show’s inclusion of individuals from a range of ages, presenter Andy West commented: ‘And now…The end is near…And so we face…The final shopping task. Bit worried the oldest housemate is 32. Our series would have been nothing without the older peeps. That’s where half the comedy comes from! #BBUK (sic)’.

Shocked: Loyal viewers swarmed social media after hearing about the show’s axe, with Nicola McLean, who appeared on CBB in 2012 and 2017, leading the stars in tweeting about the final series

Glyn Wise, who came in as runner-up on 2006’s edition of Big Brother, chimed in: ’18 years @bbuk has been on our screens! So privileged to be part of its magic. Lliterally was a dream come true. Amazing tasks, parties and HM’s and landing as R-UP. Would highly recommend! Those new HMs going in are in for a blast! Would do it all over again if I could #BBUK’

Alongside a snap of his cover on Heat magazine, he continued: ‘Nooo, sad news. @bbuk has come to an end. It was the show who made me who I am today. Loved all the tasks, the HM’s and the experience. Grew up in that house. Thanks for making an 18 year old dreams come true. #BBUK’

The latest edition of CBB, which ended on Monday, saw soap star Ryan Thomas, 34, crowned as the winner of the series following his turbulent stint on the show, in which Roxanne Pallett, 35, accused him of ‘deliberately’ and ‘repeatedly’ punching her.

Last month, TV presenter Rylan hinted that CBB could move to another network as Channel 5’s three-year contract came to an end.

Victory: The latest edition of CBB, which ended on Monday, saw soap star Ryan Thomas, 34, crowned as the winner of the series

Tough period: The 34-year-old endured a turbulent time during his stint on the show, as actress Roxanne Pallett, 35, accused him of ‘deliberately’ and ‘repeatedly’ punching her

In a recent interview on This Morning, the TV personality said: ‘Truth is no one knows there’s no secret Channel 5 had a three year deal…but what happens before is it just renews.’

According to The Mirror, the house at Elstree Studios could remain open for ‘at least another three years as a planning application has been submitted to keep the house open until 2021.’ MailOnline has contacted Channel 5 representatives for comment.

The news follows previous reports that both BB and CBB were on their way out, having enjoyed a rebooted run on Channel 5 after Channel 4 axed it in 2010.

Last year: Rylan will host the final edition of Bit On The Side, while Emma Willis is set to present the main show

Previous presenter: Emma replaced former contestant Brian Dowling as the host of the Channel 5 show following his two-year stint

The format was seized by Channel 5 in 2011, when fans had bid farewell to it in 2010, following Channel 4’s last ever series, titled ‘Ultimate Big Brother’.

This saw winner of the last C4 civilian series, Josie Gibson, leave the house as the champion, only to be sent back in again to compete against former housemates from across the show’s history.

This included CBB stars such as Ulrika Jonsson, Vanessa Feltz and Coolio, as well as civilian housemates such as Makosi Musambasi, Nikki Grahame and Brian Dowling. Davina McCall hosted both BB and CBB from 2000 to 2010.

Before: Davina McCall hosted Channel 4’s Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother from 2000 to 2010

Brian – who one Big Brother 2 – went on to win the show and was offered the job of host of BB when it returned the following year on Channel 5.

The show returned in the summer of 2011, but kicked off with a new eighth season of CBB, with Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star Paddy Doherty taking the crown.

Following this, the 12th season of civilian BB launched and was won by Aaron Allard-Morgan in November 2011. It appears this year follows the same format of CBB first and BB straight after.

Meanwhile, Dowling’s stint as the show’s host lasted two years and he was replaced by Emma Willis who continues to host the show today.  

The final ‘Big Brother’ series starts tonight at 9pm on Channel 5. 

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