After months of rumours and speculation, Channel 5 has officially confirmed Big Brother and its celebrity spinoff, Celebrity Big Brother, will not return in 2019.
“The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5,” the broadcaster said in a statement. “We’d like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success.”
“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.”
The news comes after C5 boss Ben Frow commented last month at the Edinburgh TV Festival that the long-running reality show was not in his plans for the upcoming year.
“It is clear. I have planned for a year without Big Brother,” he said.
Big Brother first aired on Channel 5 back in 2011 following the end of its run on Channel 4. It has aired 22 total series, which included seven civilian series and 15 celebrity runs.
The show has seen declining ratings over the years and saw its civilian-run go under one million viewers a year ago. Despite its more controversial moments, Big Brother has remained popular among its more hardcore fan bases.
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