Rylan Clark-Neal and Emma Willis at the 'Celebrity Big Brother' 2016 2nd Live Eviction
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Distraught fans call for return of Celebrity Big Brother on show’s annual launch date

They're desperate to see it come back

Angry fans have demanded the return of Celebrity Big Brother as January begins.

The reality show would usually launch this week on Channel 5 and viewers are bereft that the series, which was axed last year, will not be gracing their screens on these cold winter nights.

Amanda entered on day 1 (Credit: Channel 5)

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On January 2, 2018, eight female housemates entered the compound in a nod towards 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage.

They were joined by eight more housemates on January 4, including eventual winner Shane Jenek/Courtney Act.

Courtney/Shane J was the winner (Credit: Channel 5)

There was a further series over the summer, which was won by former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, but it was then announced Big Brother was no more.

With their January evenings looking decidedly bleak without it, fans have vented their frustrations on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/DGBrooksMUFC/status/1080812358686162944

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Broadcaster Channel 5 announced the end of both the civilian and Celebrity versions of the show in September last year.

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

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.

Rylan was upset at the end (Credit: Channel 5)

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.”

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