Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother are officially ending

Endemol Shine has hinted a "future opportunities" for a "new chapter" of Big Brother in the United Kingdom after Channel 5 confirmed that this season of the reality show will be the last on the Viacom-owned broadcaster.

The new series of Big Brother launches tonight (Friday, September 14) on Channel 5.

The final of the most recent series, broadcast by Channel 5 in 2017, was watched by just 1.11 million.

Alongside a teaser clip, the post said: 'The forthcoming series of Big Brother will be the last - of either celebrity or civilian versions - on Channel 5'.

The latest series of Celebrity Big Brother was won by Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas, who was at the centre of a controversy that dominated headlines when his fellow housemate, Roxanne Pallett, accused him of punching her.

Earlier today it was announced that this upcoming series would be the last. It has had 54 iterations around the world, and in total there have been 387 seasons of Big Brother.

Meanwhile, Channel 5 confirmed this morning that it had axed Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother after seven years.

"Big Brother" began on Channel 4 in 2000 with Davina McCall as host, before moving to Channel 5 in 2011 when former champ Brian Dowling took over as presenter.

The network confirmed this afternoon that the series will be the last - of the celebrity or civilian versions - on the station.

Accents of orange and blue are all that break up an otherwise dreary colour scheme of grey on grey, while ornaments in the room ring home the housemates' reality - that they are merely pawns in Big Brother's game - with chess pieces situated on the shelves.

In a statement, production company Endemol said they were "disappointed" not to reach an agreement with Channel 5, but "are excited about future possibilities for "Big Brother" in the UK".

"Bit On The Side" presenter Rylan Clark-Neal has also issued his own statement on Twitter, saying he will be "forever grateful" to the show, which he participated on as a celebrity contestant in 2013, prior to hosing the spin-off show.

In a message on Twitter, he said hoped that "one day Big Brother will return" adding "my focus now, as with the rest of the team is to make our last series the best yet".

Big Brother 2018 starts at 9PM tonight.

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