Celebrity Big Brother has reportedly been axed by Channel 5 after seven years with the network, with the final series set to air this summer.
A source told The Daily Star that bosses finally decided to pull the plug on the reality TV mainstay as ratings continue to drop, with its two most recent series being the lowest-viewed in the show’s history.
Celebrity Big Brother was picked up by Channel 5 in 2011 after it had been axed by Channel 4 the previous year, and despite its explosive drama and endless arguments recent series have seen the show struggle to hold onto viewers.
Finally over: Celebrity Big Brother has reportedly been axed by Channel 5 after seven years with the network, with the final series set to air this summer
The source said: ‘After months of discussion it has been decided to axe Celebrity Big Brother.
‘Ratings have dropped for the past few series so it isn’t worth the hefty price tag.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Celebrity Big Brother for comment.
Finished: A source told The Daily Star that bosses decided to pull the plug on the show as ratings continued to drop
Concluding: It has also been reported that next month’s series – with the theme Eye Of The Storm (logo above) – will be the show’s last
Rumours of a plan to axe Celebrity Big Brother were first circulated back in January, when The Daily Star reported bosses were in talks to ditch the format along with its civilian counterpart.
The show – hosted by Emma Willis – was revealed to be at risk after it’s most recent instalment – which saw drag star Courtney Act take the crown – pulled in an average of just 1.9 million viewers.
A source told the publication at the time: ‘There have been conversations between the execs about not renewing the contract for both Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother. It would be the end of an era but they feel the time is right to end.
‘There is still time for the bosses at Channel 5 to change their mind but it is not looking likely. Even if they drop it, another channel or a streaming service may decide to pick it up in the future.’
Low-rated: The most recent series – which saw drag star Courtney Act (above) crowned champion, pulled in some of the show’s lowest ratings in history
Legendary: Among the show’s seven year run on the network Rylan Clark-Neal was crowned winner in 2013, and has gone onto host sister show Bit On The Side
How did I do it? Katie Price was also crowned winner in 2015, on a show that has never been short of controversy
Unbelievable: Denise Welch was crowned the winner of a controversial series in 2012, while Stephen Bear – who some dubbed villain of his year – won in 2016
This is a far cry from the show’s heyday on Channel 4, when a controversy-ridden series in 2007 – which saw thousands complain that Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetti was the victim of racism bullying at the hand of Jade Goody – pulled in an average of at least 4 million viewers.
Celebrity Big Brother has never been short of controversy, which recent series rife with arguments and outrageous, along with no shortage of housemates being removed from the show for unacceptable behaviour.
The news comes as anticipation builds for the show’s latest instalment set to commence on Friday 17 August, and if rumours are to be believed that it is the show’s last, many will hope the series will end with a bang.
Names set to enter the legendary Elstree house have ranged from adult actress Stormy Daniels, to Love Island’s Gabby Allen, to Samantha Markle.
Reports also circulated that former TV presenter Josh Leslie was also being offered a hefty fee by producers to enter the house, alongside Cheers star Kirsty Alley and ex-TOWIE star Dan Osborne.
Iconic: CBB was picked up by Channel 5 in 2011 after being axed by Channel 4, and has been hosted by Emma Willis since 2013
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