Emma Willis reveals her ‘shock’ as Big Brother is axed by Channel 5 but vows the final series with ‘go out with a bang’

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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.

Emma admits she’s shocked that Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother won’t be returning to Channel 5

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.

Emma has hosted the show since it moved from Channel 4 to Channel 5 in 2011
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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 has said he’ll be sad to see the back of the show
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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.

“To work with Emma, Marcus and the amazing team on BOTS every day and have made friends for life I’m truly the luckiest guy in the industry.

Ryan Thomas won this year’s CBB
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“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”

Big Brother first launched on Channel 4 back in 2000, where it remained until 2010. Channel 5 picked it up in 2011.

This year’s CBB saw Ryan Thomas embroiled in the Roxanne Pallett punchgate scandal
Channel 5

The civilian series of Big Brother kicks off tonight – Friday, September 14, at 9pm.

The lineup will be kept under wraps by Channel 5 until the very last minute.

However, a Big Brother fan site leaked what it claims to be this year’s housemates.

Despite Channel 5’s announcement, it is highly likely another broadcaster will snap up the format, made by Endemol Shine and bring it back as early as next year.

Fans of the show have only just got over the excitement of the celeb version which saw Ryan Thomas win after he was embroiled in the Roxanne Pallett punchgate scandal.

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