Channel 5 address rumours Celebrity Big Brother will be CANCELLED

Could this be the last series?

Celebrity Big Brother

by Anna Sky Hulton |
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We're just a couple of weeks away from the summer series of Celebrity Big Brother, however there are a new set of rumours circulating around the possible cancellation of the popular reality TV show. Over the weekend it was reported that this upcoming series would be the final one after declining ratings, however Channel 5 have now come forward to say there have been NO developments, after the cancellation rumours first started in January 2018.

"The situation remains unchanged," a spokesperson for Celebrity Big Brother told entertainment website Digital Spy, continuing, "Big Brother is currently contracted until the end of the year, there's no update on future series beyond 2018."

This was after last summer's comments from Channel 5 boss Ben Frow who admitted he would like to see the show scrapped, saying, "I would be much happier if the channel did not have Big Brother on it."

Then, earlier this year, following the airing of the winter Celebrity Big Brother, where Shane Jenek won, many publications were reporting that this year's series could be our last, due to falling viewing figures. At the time, according to iNews, a spokesperson for Channel 5 confirmed two more series would be aired this year, but they did not comment on the show’s future after 2018.

Meanwhile, away from these rumours, earlier this month Channel 5 released details of the new Big Brother Eye and the theme of the new series saying it was 'Eye of the Storm'. The statement revealed, 'All of the celebrity names entering the house will have been caught up in their own media storm. And now, the celebrities are once again putting themselves in the public eye and this time they have a lot to prove.'

They also revealed a short teaser of the logo saying it was 'coming soon', and whilst an official start date still hasn't been confirmed, many places are reporting it will be on the 17th August 2018.

Channel 5 also have yet to confirm the line-up for the new series, however, there are many rumoured contestants including Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha Markle. Samantha recently appeared on Good Morning Britain where she was asked if she would be entering the infamous house. “Urm… well, I would tell you, but then I would have to kill you," Samantha said, "So…. I don’t want to find myself in locks and stocks quite frankly. It wouldn’t be becoming.”

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Celebrity Big Brother 2018 rumoured line-up (slider)

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Brendan Cole

Following his sacking from Strictly Come Dancing, bosses are reportedly keen to get Brendan on the show this summer.

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Kieran Hayler

As the new series is reportedly a 'scandal' theme, CBB bosses would like Katie Price's ex Kieran Hayler to spill the beans.

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Another year, another Sinitta rumour! The 'So Macho' singer is a popular figure on reality TV, but she's previously said she would need regular visits from her dogs.

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Georgia May Foote

Former Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote is also a favourite to appear on the show later in the year.

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Bobby Norris

The Only Way Is Essex star Bobby Norris has been approached by bosses to go into the house in the past, so could 2018 be his year?

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Charlotte Dawson

A number of sources have reported that bosses would like to sign up former Ex On The Beach star Charlotte Dawson. Reality stars have previously done well on CBB, who can forget the likes of Charlotte Crosby and Stephen Bear?!

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Paul Cattermole

Former S Club 7 singer Paul Cattermole revealed earlier this year that he's broke, despite the band's success in the past. Speaking on Loose Women, Paul revealed he would loved to be approached for a reality show like Celebrity Big Brother.

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Samantha Markle

Meghan Markle's half-sister Meghan is heavily rumoured to appear on the new series. She recently gave an interview on Good Morning Britain and she didn't exactly deny it...

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Gabby Allen

Following her split from Marcel Somerville, CBB bosses are reportedly very keen to get Love Island 2017 star Gabby Allen on the show to spill all.

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Ryan Thomas

Former Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas is rumoured to have signed up for the show. His brother Adam was a popular figure on I'm A Celebrity back in 2016.

Emma Willis will be returning to present the show, with Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On the Side also returning with Rylan Clark-Neal, joined by a number of celebrity panellists.

Celebrity Big Brother first hit our TV screens way back in 2001, with winners including, Mark Owen, Alex Reid, Rylan Clark-Neal, Katie Price, Charlotte Crosby and former Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding.

The winter edition of the show, which aired in January 2018, saw Shane Jenek (AKA Courtney Act) be crowned the winner.

Celebrity Big Brother returns to TV screens in August 2018.

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