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Channel 5 announces Big Brother has been axed

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Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother have both been axed and will not return after this year, Channel 5 has confirmed.

The celebrity edition of the show ended on Monday night after former Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas was announced as the winner.

Meanwhile, the new civilian series of Big Brother is set to begin on Friday 14 September, however, this will be the show’s last series.

Channel 5 confirmed both shows will be axed (Credit: Channel 5)

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In a statement released to Twitter, Channel 5 said: “The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last – of either celebrity or civilian versions – on Channel 5.

“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.”

They added: “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.”

Meanwhile, Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side host Rylan Clark-Neal released a statement to Twitter to express his sadness.

Emma Willis hosts the hit reality show (Credit: Instagram)

He said: “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.”

Gushing over his co-stars, Rylan added: “To work with Emma [Willis], Marcus [Bentley, the show’s narrator] 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, Endemol and Channel 5 for having me and most of all the viewers for sharing this amazing journey.

“I learned how to host a show on the job here and I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunity. R x.”

The civilian series of Big Brtoher is set to return on Friday night with a fresh set of housemates entering the house.

The line-up has not been confirmed, however, host Emma Willis gave viewers a sneak peek at who will be entering the famous house during Monday night’s final of CBB.

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Viewers are expected to see a 31-year-old cleaner from Poland, a 24-year-old call centre worker from Nottingham, an artist, 32, from London and a 23-year-old farmer from County Tipperary.

Joining them will be a waitress, an 18-year-old vlogger, a fast-food worker, a semi-pro footballer, a consultant, a graphic designer, a bricklayer, a bartender, a spiritual adviser and a carer.

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