EMMMA Willis has spoken out after Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother were axed by Channel 5.
The broadcaster announced today that the civilian series – which launches tonight at 9pm – will be its last.
And Emma, who has hosted the show since it moved from Channel 4 in 2011, admits the news took her by surprise.
She said: “This is a very strange ‘What You Talking About Willis?’ today because normally it’s a ‘Yay! It’s the launch!’ of our civilian series.
“But the excitement comes with really a lot of sadness because we have all found out today that Big Brother is no more on Channel 5.
“I feel like I’ve been through this process before. Well I have been through this process before because I worked on the last year on Channel 4 and we like … buried it. Like, genuinely.
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“We had a grave for it and everything in the back garden and then the next thing we know is, ‘Oh wow, it’s coming back.’
“So, the news was a shock, if I’m honest, but I kind of still hold out hope that somebody out there, loves it as much as we all do still and will give it a home in the future because it has been on the TV for a bloody long time and you know it’s part of our popular culture.
“So it would be sad. It would be sad to see its end at the age of eighteen.
“It’d be lovely to see it come back for its twentieth anniversary.”
Rylan Clark-Neal, who hosts Bit on the Side, has also spoken about the axing.
He wrote on Twitter: “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.
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