Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother have officially been cancelled

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Channel 5 confirmed Big Brother's axing on a statement posted on Twitter.

A "teaser" ad for the upcoming series of Big Brother, which gets under way on Friday night on Channel 5, did not show any of the new contestants' faces but a caption introducing one of the people described him as "the farmer, 23, Co Tipperary", with a voice saying "I deserve a place in the Big Brother House because you have not had a 23-year-old gay farmer from the heart of Ireland". The final series begins on Friday night.

The concept of Big Brother was originally taken from a Dutch television series with the same name and premise.

"The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last - of either celebrity or civilian versions - on Channel 5".

The UK is one of 20 countries where the show will air in 2018, including the USA where Celebrity Big Brother was recently renewed, four different versions in India and last month's Celebrity Big Brother in Germany which saw a rise of 85% series on series.

In a statement the network said: 'We'd like to thank Endemol and all of the production team who have worked tirelessly to make the show a success'.

Stylish: Emma Willis was effortlessly chic as she hosted the last ever Big Brother launch show on Friday, teaming a buttoned-up black blouse with matching braced pants.

Fans could access the show via a video-on-demand subscription, a move trialled in the US. "We look forward to giving the final series a brilliant send-off", they concluded. Desmond used his ownership of newspapers, especially the Daily Star, to heavily promote Big Brother and it became a mainstay of the relatively small channel's programming.

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In recent years the show has been overshadowed in both ratings and press coverage by ITV2's Love Island.

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

"It has been the biggest privilege being a housemate, a victor and a host on my favourite show on television".

The most recent series of Celebrity Big Brother was the source of some controversy, with Ofcom receiving 11,000 complaints from the British public over an incident involving contestants Roxanne Pallett and Ryan Thomas.

Earlier in the year, Channel 5 boss Ben Frow revealed that the reality show's contract runs out later this year.

In 2015, Channel 5 struck a deal to broadcast Big Brother for the next three years.

With their identity being kept under wraps the only clue viewers have is that "the carer" from Halifax will be appearing on Channel 5 tonight and entering the house.

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