Channel 5 have confirmed that the upcoming series of Big Brother - starting tonight at 9 PM - is to be the last on the channel, with Celebrity Big Brother also ending.
Endemol released a statement to say they were "disappointed not to reach an agreement with Channel 5" but "the decision opens up a new chapter and we are excited about future possibilities for Big Brother in the UK".
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.
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.
From @channel5_tv on Twitter
Endemol Shine statement:
Rylan Clark-Neal statement: