Monday, 24 September, 2018

Channel 5 announces Big Brother has been axed

Emma Willis has hosted Big Brother since 2013 Image Emma Willis has hosted the show since 2013
Julia Gonzales | 16 September, 2018, 08:42

Channel 5 relaunched Big Brother in 2011 and both Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother have attracted some of the station's biggest audience figures in the last seven years.

For the past year, the future of the reality juggernaut has been in doubt, with the channel's boss revealing recently that he was "planning for a year without 'Big Brother" in 2019.

The final series will begin on Friday night, although there remains the possibility that the production company Endemol Shine could convince another British channel to buy the rights.

A first look at the Big Brother 2018 contestants has been revealed ahead of tonight's launch.

It read: "The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last - of either celebrity or civilian versions - on Channel 5".

In a statement the network said: 'We'd like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success'.

A YOUNG Irish farmer is set to enter the Big Brother house tonight for the last ever series of the show.

Fans could access the show via a video-on-demand subscription, a move trialled in the US. "We look forward to giving the final series a brilliant send-off".

Winner Ryan Thomas leaves the Celebrity Big Brother house. Pic Ian West  PA Wire
Image Ryan Thomas won the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother

"Whilst disappointed not to reach an agreement with Channel 5 the decision opens up a new chapter and we are excited about future possibilities for Big Brother in the United Kingdom".

Endemol Shine said: "While disappointed not to reach an agreement with Channel 5, the decision opens up a new chapter and we are excited about future possibilities for Big Brother in the United Kingdom".

After Channel 4 pulled the plug Channel 5 stepped in to air the show in a two year deal in 2012.

It took its name from the character in George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four and was initially presented by Davina McCall, moving to Channel 5 in 2010.

Presenter Emma Willis, 42, has finally broken her silence on the axing - which means she could be out of the job unless the show gets picked up elsewhere. The latest Celebrity Big Brother, won by Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, created headlines when his fellow housemate, Roxanne Pallett, accused him of punching her.

Presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, who hosts spin-off show Bit On The Side, said he was "saddened" the show would not be returning.

Earlier this week, Hertsmere Borough Council approved an application for the current "Big Brother" house to remain standing for three more years.

Big Brother was billed as a social experiment on Channel 4 18 years ago, and involved putting ordinary people in a house over a series of weeks with no contact to the outside world.

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