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Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother AXED after 18 years: Channel 5 confirms FINAL series ahead of civilian show's live launch

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Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother have been axed after 18 years on British television, Channel 5 confirmed in a statement on Friday.

The broadcaster made the announcement via its Twitter page, just hours ahead of the live launch of the last-ever civilian series, while Bit On The Side spin-off show host Rylan Clark-Neal said he was 'saddened' by the news.

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.' 

a star in the background: Final series: Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother have been axed after 18 years on British television, Channel 5 confirmed in a statement on Friday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Final series: Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother have been axed after 18 years on British television, Channel 5 confirmed in a statement on Friday

Channel 5 added: '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', they concluded.

a person wearing a suit and tie: 'Saddened': Big Brother's Bit On The Side host Rylan Clark-Neal also tweeted about the final series, admitting he's 'saddened' to hear about the news after working with the show for six years © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Saddened': Big Brother's Bit On The Side host Rylan Clark-Neal also tweeted about the final series, admitting he's 'saddened' to hear about the news after working with the show for six years

The former X Factor star, 29, also took to social media site to share his thoughts: '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. 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, housemates and teams from over the years, Endemol and Channel 5 for having me and most of all the viewers for sharing this amazing journey. I learned how host a show on the job here and I'll forever be grateful for the opportunity. R x', he concluded. 

Big Brother's official Twitter page posted a short teaser clip ahead of the hotly-anticipated premiere on Friday, which featured the words 'it's time for the game to end', and 'game over'. 

a person standing posing for the camera: Victory: The latest edition of CBB, which ended on Monday, saw soap star Ryan Thomas, 34, crowned as the winner of the series © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Victory: The latest edition of CBB, which ended on Monday, saw soap star Ryan Thomas, 34, crowned as the winner of the series The latest edition of CBB, which ended on Monday, saw soap star Ryan Thomas, 34, crowned as the winner of the series following his turbulent stint on the show, in which Roxanne Pallett, 35, accused him of 'deliberately' and 'repeatedly' punching her.

Last month, TV presenter Rylan hinted that CBB could move to another network as Channel 5's three-year contract came to an end.

In a recent interview on This Morning, the TV personality said: 'Truth is no one knows there’s no secret Channel 5 had a three year deal...but what happens before is it just renews.'

According to The Mirror, the house at Elstree Studios could remain open for 'at least another three years as a planning application has been submitted to keep the house open until 2021.' MailOnline has contacted Channel 5 representatives for comment.

The news follows previous reports that both BB and CBB were on their way out, having enjoyed a rebooted run on Channel 5 after Channel 4 axed it in 2010.

The format was seized by Channel 5 in 2011, when fans had bid farewell to it in 2010, following Channel 4's last ever series, titled 'Ultimate Big Brother'.

Tough period: The 34-year-old endured a turbulent time during his stint on the show, as actress Roxanne Pallett, 35, accused him of 'deliberately' and 'repeatedly' punching her © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tough period: The 34-year-old endured a turbulent time during his stint on the show, as actress Roxanne Pallett, 35, accused him of 'deliberately' and 'repeatedly' punching her This saw winner of the last C4 civilian series, Josie Gibson, leave the house as the champion, only to be sent back in again to compete against former housemates from across the show's history.

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.

Brian - who one Big Brother 2 - went on to win the show and was offered the job of host of BB when it returned the following year on Channel 5.

The show returned in the summer of 2011, but kicked off with a new eighth season of CBB, with Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star Paddy Doherty taking the crown.

Following this, the 12th season of civilian BB launched and was won by Aaron Allard-Morgan in November 2011. It appears this year follows the same format of CBB first and BB straight after.

Meanwhile, Dowling's stint as the show's host lasted two years and he was replaced by Emma Willis who continues to host the show today.  

The final 'Big Brother' series starts tonight at 9pm on Channel 5. 

Gallery: Every single Big Brother house since 2000, in pictures (Digital Spy)

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