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Big Brother is scrapped... or is it?

16 September 2018

The deal was to see the channel continue to air two series of Celebrity Big Brother and one series of the traditional format each year, as well as various associated spin off themed shows.

This is the first look at the Big Brother 2018 house where a contestant from Halifax will be staying.

CHANNEL 5 has confirmed Big Brother and it's celebrity version is being axed at the end of the current series.

Stylish: Emma Willis was effortlessly chic as she hosted the last ever Big Brother launch show on Friday, teaming a buttoned-up black blouse with matching braced pants.

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

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"We are incredibly proud of Big Brother which has consistently been the highest rated show for Channel 5 over the past seven years", it said.

Production company Endemol later released a statement saying it was "disappointed not to reach an agreement with Channel 5" over the future of Big Brother. "We look forward to giving the final series a brilliant sendoff".

There are a handful of possibilities for Big Brother in the United Kingdom; a number of industry execs have suggested that it could work on UKTV, the joint venture broadcaster owned by Discovery and BBC Studios.

It is understood that Channel 5 was to bring popular US TV show The Bachelor to a British audience, as a rival to ITV2's Love Island.

Ratings fell towards the end of its Channel 4 run and in 2011 Channel 5, then owned by Richard Desmond, signed a contract with Endemol to acquire the programme.

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Emma was taking to the stage once again as she prepared to host Big Brother's last ever series, 18 years after the show first began on Channel 4.

And Emma Willis was effortlessly chic as she hosted the last ever Big Brother launch show, teaming a buttoned-up black blouse with matching braced pants.

This season starts just a week after the conclusion of Celebrity Big Brother, which was won by Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas, who beat off the likes of Cheers star Kirstie Alley and footballer Jermaine Pennant and othrs.

This year's house is created to bring Big Brother back to its roots as a social experiment but everything has been created to remind the housemates that they are in a game: maze artwork, intriguing design features, and a gaming table.

Cian will be joined by 13 other housemates on the hit reality TV series, which returns to Channel 5 tonight at 9pm.

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Big Brother's Bit On The Side host Rylan Clark-Neal has revealed that Big Brother will "not return" in an emotional statement.

Big Brother is scrapped... or is it?