New series of Big Brother will be the last, says Channel 5

Channel 5 confirmed both shows will be axed

Channel 5 confirmed both shows will be axed

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 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".

He shared with his 1.5million followers: "After six years working on one of the most iconic shows on television I'm saddened to hear the news Big Brother isn't returning".

The channel tweeted the announcement saying: "It's time for this game to end". We look forward to giving the final series a brilliant send-off'.

It was then hosted by former victor Brian Dowling before Emma Willis took over in 2013 and been narrated by Marcus Bentley for the whole 18 years the show has been on air.

'To work with Emma, Marcus and the fantastic team on BOTS every day and have made friends for life I'm truly the luckiest guy in the industry. The final series of Big Brother starts tonight at 9pm. I learned how to host a show on the job here and I'll be forever grateful for the opportunity'. "R x", he concluded.

It noted that the latest version of Celebrity Big Brother, which featured Cheers star Kirstie Alley, was C5's highest rating show of the year, grew its audience by 17% year-on-year and tripled the network's slot average for 16-24 year olds.

The new series of Big Brother will be the last to air on Channel 5, it has been confirmed.

The final of the most recent series, broadcast by Channel 5 past year, was watched by just 1.11 million.

This included CBB stars such as Ulrika Jonsson, Vanessa Feltz and Coolio, as well as civilian housemates such as Makosi Musambasi, Nikki Grahame and Brian Dowling.

Ben Frow, director of programming at Channel 5, told the Edinburgh TV Festival in August: "I plan for a year without Big Brother".

Following this, the 12th season of civilian BB launched and was won by Aaron Allard-Morgan in November 2011.

The show first appeared on screens in 2000 and was extremely popular, but viewing figures have dwindled in recent years.

The show is now fronted by Emma Willis, who has presented Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother since 2013.

Davina McCall presented the first incarnation of the show, stepping down in 2010 when it moved to Channel 5.

The final series will begin on Friday night, although there remains the possibility that the production company Endemol Shine could convince another British channel to buy the rights.

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