Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother are officially ending

Lewis Collier
September 16, 2018

"Big Brother continues to be a global phenomenon".

Channel 5 confirmed the news in a statement on Friday, thanking the production company Endemol and the production team, the presenters of the show and the fans for their support over the last seven years.

"Gutted. Watched from day one and I'm still a fan", said another.

A teaser clip posted to the Big Brother's Twitter account further echoed the announcement, reading: 'The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last - of either celebrity or civilian versions - on Channel 5'.

"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 unbelievable journey".

The network confirmed this afternoon that the series will be the last - of the celebrity or civilian versions - on the station.

It all kicks off on Friday, September 14 at 9PM on Channel 5. But the excitement comes with really a lot of sadness as we all found out today that Big Brother is no more on Channel 5. "It would be lovely to see it come back for its 20th anniversary".

The first edition of the show quickly built momentum thanks to the antics of Craig Phillips and Nick Batemen - dubbed Nasty Nick by the tabloids - and peaked with an audience of 9.5 million during the final.

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However, it remains unclear if another broadcaster could pick up the rights to "Big Brother", as Channel 5 did when Channel 4 made the decision to drop the show.

The dating show failed to captivate viewers when the channel brought it over in 2012, but the current appetite for dating shows could help revive its popularity.

Endemol Shine has hinted a "future opportunities" for a "new chapter" of Big Brother in the United Kingdom after Channel 5 confirmed that this season of the reality show will be the last on the Viacom-owned broadcaster.

Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival he said: 'I have planned for a year without Big Brother.

Image: Ryan Thomas won the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother.

Viacom, which bought Channel 5 from Richard Desmond for £463m lin 2014 extended the reach of Big Brother to its MTV UK channel to run repeats.

"Bit On The Side" presenter Rylan Clark-Neal has also issued his own statement on Twitter, saying he will be "forever grateful" to the show, which he participated on as a celebrity contestant in 2013, prior to hosing the spin-off show.

It was then hosted by former victor Brian Dowling before Emma Willis took over in 2013 and been narrated by Marcus Bentley for the whole 18 years the show has been on air.

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